Franklin is a perennial favorite in my library, so I know we'll be adding this title to our collection. Franklin hears about his friend Fox's "Day with Dad" and decides that he wants to have a special day with his own father. He plans bumpy buggies, kite flying, and fishing. When the two of them keep being asked to help friends and family with tasks, Franklin is sure the Day with Dad will never happen. As usual in a Franklin story, he learns an important lesson (and still fits in some fun with his dad).
I know that one of the reasons for Franklin's success is the TV show that many kids have seen. But the vibrant colors used in the illustrations help capture the attention of younger readers in the same way the animated show does. It's nice to see a story where fathers are taking the time to share activities with their children, whether it's fishing or helping a neighbor repair a leaky roof. Positive role models and family relationships are an important thing for young readers to see.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be published April 1, 2014.