By: Alison McGhee
Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler
A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all. Tender pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler complement this lovely ode to all that’s indelible—ink and love.
This is not a review of the book, But I had to share it. Recently I took my little people to the local Library ( we a big fans of the library) just to hang out at children’s time and I spotted this book. I spotted and I loved it. I loved to so much I had to share it. I have tattoos, 5 currently, but if I had it my way I would and will have more. My youngest little person recently discovered these drawings on mom don’t wash off like her’s do. She loves the questions why and what. So after finding her one day with pen on her arms and legs ( she wanted to be like mom & dad), I explained them to her. This book is absolutely amazing and touched me. My children, all of them(4) are very accepting of the freedom to express yourself through your own body. ( I know not everyone is.) I’ve raised ( still raising) them to accept people not for what is on the outside but who they are as a whole person.
While my tattoos would be considered mild and deemed appropriate for any age to see, I still get the stink eye from other parents or worse their kid asked to go play on the other side of the playground away from me and my kids. Tattoos don’t equal bad. My kids will go up to a big burly biker covered in tattoos and leather with a full grizzly beard and ask to see his bike or tattoos…..And guess what they have never once been turned away.
My point even though long-winded is that tattoos have a meaning to the person who has them on their body. Tattoos are art. Tattoos are a passion. Tattoos don’t equal bad. And this book helps teaches children that.