Daddy Long Legs

Nadine Brun-Cosme
Aurélie Guillerey

Daddy drives Matthew to kindergarten in his old green car. “See you this afternoon,” says Daddy, as he kisses him goodbye. But Matthew stops him from leaving and asks, “What if, this afternoon, the old green car doesn't start?” Thus begins a series of what-ifs that Matthew poses in response to every one of Daddy's ideas about how he will manage to return and fetch him, each one more fantastic than the last: he'll come by tractor, by teddy bear, by the wings of birds, by a tiny boat, even by dragon! Finally, Daddy says he'll use his own two long legs, the ultimate reassurance that he'll come back for Matthew, no matter what!

Author Nadine Brun-Cosme's endearing picture book offers warm comfort to young children that their parent can always be counted on. With gentle and imaginative humor, the father's increasingly wilder ideas about how he will make his way to his son prove the steady and unwavering certainty of a parent's commitment to a child. The whimsical artwork by Aurélie Guillerey plays lightly with the father's flights of fancy, keeping the tone of the book just right for a storytime read-aloud. Filled with the love between the boy and his father, this is a perfect book choice to address separation issues common to kindergartners and preschoolers who have difficulty saying goodbye to their parents.

978-1-77138-362-2 | May 2, 2017
List Price: USD $15.95, CAD $16.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 10 3/8 26 pages
Grades: Toddler To K / Ages: 2 to 5
978-1-77138-873-3 | May 2, 2017
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Educational Resources

Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“A sweet French import about an imaginative dad cleverly pacifying his son's worries. A worthy addition for most libraries.”
— School Library Journal, April 2017
“With the rhythm of a lullaby akin to an updated (but still timeless) version of Hush Little Baby, Daddy Long Legs rolls along with increasingly outlandish scenarios that Matthew's Daddy makes up to promise him that he'll always be there for him.”
— The Globe and Mail, June 2017
“... the year's chicest picture book.”
— The Guardian, June 2017
“... a good bedtime story or first book for early readers.”
— Quebec Library Association, May 2018

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