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Daddy Honk Honk!

Text and illustrations by Rosalinde Bonnet

Published by Dial Books For Young Readers - 2017

 ISBN: 9780399186769 - Hardcover - 40 pages - 3 years+ - 23 x 27 cm / 9 x 10,5 inches  

When Aput the Arctic fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. 


So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns  more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most...







★ Bank Street College of Education:

The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018

"Chosen by The Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2017" - "Under 5" category.

★ The Wall Street Journal

The Best New Children's Books 

The Washington Post:

"Winsome ink-and-watercolor illustrations complement the engaging story.

Mia Geiger 

 School Library ConnectionStarred Review 

"This book shows the ultimate importance of love, whether given in a nuclear family or by a daddy fox to a bird. This will also be a useful book for a study of the Arctic and the animals living there. The illustrations are beautiful and the colors add to the story. Children will want to study all the pictures, name the animals, and search for other books about them. Highly Recommended." Ellen Spring

★ Scottish Book Trust: Bookbug Book of the Month

"Rosalinde Bonnet’s beautiful drawings will introduce children to the Arctic in a magical way and her storytelling features rich and interesting vocabulary. When was the last time you read “tundra” and “ruckus” in a picture book? I loved the funny dialogue between the fox and his fellow creatures, and think that dads and mums everywhere will fall in love with Aput’s determination to be “the greatest daddy” to his adopted baby." Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years

Publishers Weekly:

"Aput’s evolution from helpful bystander to committed parent makes for a lovely narrative arc, but even more touching is Bonnet’s portrait of a lively, caring community. The ink-and-watercolor drawings are a mixture of atmospheric minimalism and impressive detail (Aput is almost schematic, while a musk ox is magnificently shaggy), giving the pages a sweet, eclectic feel." 


Kirkus Reviews:

"The focus is on the developing relationship between father and child; the fox’s expression when the egg hatches is absolutely priceless... A sweet adoption tale."

School Library Journal:

"This sweet tale shows how love makes a family. A great choice for one-on-one and small group sharing." Linda Ludke 

★ Kiss the Book: ESSENTIAL

"The story is cute and relatable to small children. They will love the repetition of “Daddy honk honk!” What makes this picture book stand out in the crowded market of picture books, is the beautiful watercolor and India ink illustrations.  The animals are charmingly rendered and the Arctic landscape soft and sweeping." Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.  

Novel Novice:

"Bonnet’s illustrations are just the sweetest, capturing details and personalities in each critter we encounter in her Tundra setting. They are just lovely, in and of themselves — but as part of the storytelling process, they really bring the text to vivid life (...) Daddy Honk Honk! really does a lovely job of showing that sometimes you can make your own family."

Bea's Book Nook:

"gorgeous and delightful book that I recommend to everyone with children or who cares for them. I expect it will become a classic."

Mr. Brian’s Picture Book Picks:

"Although the drawings amuse, there is something beautiful about Bonnet’s art here. The muted colors of the backgrounds, the gentleness of the animal characters’ expressions. Of course it all leads to a peaceful and satisfying resolution that brings a tear to the eye. Aput accepts his role as adoptive father, and all is beautiful under the northern lights."

Owl Always Be Reading:

" The Illustrations are simply amazing and I loved looking through all the pages and seeing all the cute animals.  You know it's a great children's book when you can tell what the story is about by simply looking at the illustrations. But what I loved above all, was the message behind the story.  We are all different and that's ok. It takes a village to raise a child and we all learn from each other. If you are looking for an adorable book to give to a new mommy and/or daddy, you have to get them Daddy Honk Honk! This story is just too cute not to share!" Ana

Read Brightly:

"Love knows no limits, which is how an arctic fox named Aput comes to adopt a baby goose. Thank goodness for a community of friends who help him see what an amazing gift this little gosling is."

Curious in Wonderland: Book of the week

"This is the most adorable book set in the Arctic – perfect for learning about Arctic animals. The illustrations are absolutely lovely – especially the last scene under the northern lights."

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        Catégorie Maternelle (2019/2020)

Maman dans les nuages :

"Ce livre est un très gros coup de cœur (...) Nous le lisons inlassablement depuis 15 jours. Les superbes illustrations nous font voyager loin de chez nous. Réalisées à l'aquarelle, les couleurs pastelles et soigneusement diluées nous plongent dans l'atmosphère de la toundra. Je suis absolument fan du résultat ! Ponctuée des cris du petit oison qui ne cesse d'appeler le renard polaire "Papa Coin Coin", l'histoire est amusante et touchante. On craque pour Apout qui devient si naturellement un super papa, pour la bienveillance, l'entraide et la solidarité qui règnent dans cet album. Un très joli livre pour parler (entre autres !) d'adoption. Et l'occasion de (re-)découvrir les animaux polaires !"

Des mots et des images :

"(...) Nous avons emprunté ce livre à la bibliothèque (...) et nous l’avons tout simplement adoré !
L’histoire se déroule dans un lieu qu’on ne voit pas souvent dans les livres d’enfants : la toundra! Ce qui permet la mise en scène d’animaux dont on entend peu parler (bœuf musqué, macareux, lemming) et c’est un changement de décor qui fait du bien! Des illustrations tendres et joyeuses, des personnages attachants et pleins de bienveillance, une plume très agréable à lire... pour moi c’est un 10/10! (...)" 

Babelio :

"Les illustrations sont magnifiques et l'histoire très tendre!"  Melajeh

"Un album très doux sur le sentiment de paternité. Ce qui fait famille c'est le coeur, dit cet album : Apout se sent père quand il a peur que l'on casse son oeuf. La succession des images dans une même page dynamise bien l'histoire. Une réussite."


"Rosalinde Bonnet nous propose un joli album (...) Cette histoire d'adoption devrait plaire aux enfants et aux parents ; aux enfants parce que l'histoire est charmante et touchante, aux parents à cause de l'humour présent sur presque toutes les pages (...)
J'ai beaucoup aimé cet album dont le thème m'a rappelé les expériences de Konrad Lorenz avec les oies cendrées."

"La couverture, pourtant déjà adorable (...), ne présage en rien du bijou qu'est cet album. Tout d'abord les illustrations sont splendides ! Elles nous plongent vraiment dans l'atmosphère de l'Arctique et elles donnent envie d'en savoir plus sur la faune et la flore de la toundra. Ensuite, l'histoire aborde d'une façon amusante et subtile de nombreux thèmes : l'adoption, les familles non conventionnelles, la bienveillance, l'amitié, l'entraide, le partage, la différence, le vivre ensemble (...) Magnifique album, plein d'esprit, de poésie et à l'humour délicat." Sunako