How to Surprise a Dad (How to)

by Jean Reagan (Author) Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to
From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA and HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA comes a charming HOW TO book that's all about surprises! So you want to surprise your dad? You're in luck! The pages of this book are full of tips on how to become a super dad surpriser, including tips for things you can make, do, or find--just for your dad. Be sure to read up on: - Yummy treats and presents for a dad - What to do if he starts getting suspicious - How to prepare for the big moment (where to hide everyone, and how to practice whispering "Surprise!") From the author-illustrator team behind the New York Times bestselling HOW TO... series comes an adorable, funny, surprising celebration of dads! Praise for the HOW TO . . . series: "A silly take on role reversal." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Babysit a Grandma) "Laugh-out-loud funny. . ." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Raise a Mom) ". . . laugh-out-loud scenes and funny hidden details." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Babysit a Grandpa) "Touches of humor in each of the digitally rendered illustrations." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Surprise a Dad) The fun doesn't stop! Check out more HOW TO... picture books: How to babysit a GrandmaHow to Catch a SantaHow to Get Your Teacher ReadyHow to Raise a MomHow to Surprise a Dad
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K-Gr 3--When a brother and sister want to become super dad surprisers, they must first keep their father in the dark. They disguise this useful how-to guide and hide it among books their dad will not read. He must not see the bright digital artwork showing surprises they can make (pink hearts, a snow-dad, and amazing inventions) and do (reorganizing his stuff, going grocery shopping, and making him laugh) or the especially fine woodland spread with the kids showing him wonders he might not notice (a hidden squirrel, a busy anthill, and high flying geese). Having mastered any day surprises, they advance to special day surprises. They decorate a cake to look like their dad (with chocolate chip cookie ears and crooked candles in the chocolate icing hair) and make him presents (a treasure map, a paper airplane, and coupons for things they can do together). They enlist their mom's help getting everything together and, when necessary, distract their dad with a crazy dance. Then the three of them surprise dad with a birthday party. Young readers wanting their dads to read this book should have him sign a pledge not to remember the surprises. This intimate, humorous book will have children thinking of ways they can pleasantly surprise their own dads.--Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Jean Reagan
JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit and

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books, including Twosomes by Marilyn Singer. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit

Together, Jean and Lee are the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO... series, including How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Surprise a Dad.
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Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 24, 2015
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BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
Library of Congress categories

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