I honestly don’t think this 11×11, 32 page book could be any sweeter. With just a few words on each page the simple sentences convey such love and warmth from a boy to his dad, by way of his beard.
The boy articulates that his father’s beard is different from his uncle’s and his grandfather’s and that his kisses tickle because of it. He knows his sister loves his dad’s beard too because she holds it when she is scared. Grandma says it makes him look like a real man, and the way it looks in the morning, is just silly.
The author is Muslim, but there is no overt Islamic content or depiction except for the one page that any Muslim would take to reference Prophet Muhammad (saw), see picture below. Which is a great segue to talking about Rasulullah and his sunnah.
The large bold pictures and simple words make this story perfect for kids a year old and up. The book definitely deserves a place on every bearded baba’s book shelf. I challenge you to read this book and not smile, I am confident it will win you over, no matter how many times your little one asks you to read it.
My only complaint, is that given the size of the book, and how perfect it is for little kids and in story time, the soft pages flop over. It is impossible to hold the book, read it, and show the pictures in one go, you have to juggle a bit more than one would want. Additionally something to note, is that on the pages where the boy talks about his uncle and granddad, the diction is clearly more British than English. My older kids remarked, but it definitely wasn’t a problem.
Here is a link for the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf7tbvJ5aSw