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Daddy, Don't Let Go

Written by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Tony Ross

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Daddy, Don't Let Go Review

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A joyful celebration of the importance of letting go that will strike a chord for parents and children alike

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2021

Award-winning Jeanne Willis perfectly captures a little girl’s excitement and fear as she works up to taking her first solo bike ride. She knows the freedom and exhilaration it will bring but a part of her remains almost too scared to try. Her daddy is reassuring and encouraging and full of good advice about bumps in the road that goes far beyond just the difficulties of bike riding! At last, with daddy to keep her steady she is off! And she is flying! Now it is daddy who is worried…Will his little girl every come back now she’s got this taste of freedom? Tony Ross’s illustrations match the moments of exhilaration and anxiety perfectly making this a joyful celebration of the importance of letting go that will strike a chord for parents and children alike.

Daddy, Don't Let Go was originally published in 2012.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2021

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The Lightning Catcher by Clare Weze

Harklights by Tim Tilley

A Turtle's View of the Ocean Blue by Catherine Barr

Daddy, Don't Let Go! by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons and Chris Riddell

Daddy, Don't Let Go Synopsis

When a little girl is learning to ride her bike with her dad, she has all the usual trouble with balancing and control - but when all of a sudden she is speeding down the path, Daddy sees his daughter growing up fast, and he wonders whether he's really ready to let her go.

Daddy, Don't Let Go Press Reviews

'Full of breezy exhilaration.' - Sunday Times

'A perfect book about learning independence.' - Publishing News

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ISBN: 9781842703779
Publication date: 01/05/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842703779
Publication date: 1st May 2021
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 28 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Star Books
Collections: Best Children's Books of 2021,

About Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband. Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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