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Raj and the BEST DAY EVER! by Seb Braun

Raj and the BEST DAY EVER! tells the heartwarming story of the day that a little tiger, Raj, spends with his dad. When my daughter was younger she always gave her dad a picture book for Fathers’ Day and this story would make the perfect Fathers’ Day present.

The Story: Raj and Dad make a list of everything they would like to do on their day out together but as they leave the library Dad discovers he has forgotten his wallet. Their plans change but Raj and Dad discover that they can have fun together without spending any money.

Raj and the BEST DAY EVER! celebrates the power of imagination and shows the pleasure and entertainment that children can create in familiar surroundings. Raj and Dad can’t go to the city farm, the gallery or the cafe but they come up with some fabulous alternatives to their list. They ‘ride a tractor’, create their own art and make boats to sail down the river. We love the way that all of the activities they undertake require only natural items and and imagination. In an age where screens play a large part in many childhoods this is a wonderful story to encourage a child to go out and observe and experience the world around them.

The strong bond between Raj and Dad is beautifully shown in everything they do and say and during the story they support and comfort each other as well as having fun. Their day starts with a long walk during which Dad encourages Raj to look at everything going on around them. Dad’s acceptance of Raj as a superhero, a trip to the library and the inclusion of so many parents and children enjoying being outside all add to the appeal of this lovely story.

We absolutely love Seb Braun’s illustrations which are colourful, wonderfully busy and include many different animals working and engaging in their daily activities. My daughter likes the picture that Dad and Raj make in the park, it’s such a simple and fun activity that children can do using natural items. I love the double spread showing the walk to the library, there is so much activity to talk about and it reminds me of the Richard Scarry spreads that I pored over as a child. The endpapers are particularly fabulous and you can see more of Seb’s illustrations here.

Raj and the best day ever endpapers - Story Snug

Raj and the BEST DAY EVER! is a lovely celebration of a father / son relationship. The story, narrated by Raj, is wonderfully child centred and the details in the pictures can encourage lots of discussion about what characters are doing. The endpapers could be used to stimulate a game of ‘I Spy’ which will help to develop observational skills, colour recognition and counting.

We really love this story and hope that Dads everywhere will have a Happy Fathers’ Day 🙂

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Seb Braun

Thank you Templar Publishing for sending Raj and the BEST DAY EVER! We’d love to see another story about Raj and Dad.

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18 responses to “Raj and the BEST DAY EVER! by Seb Braun”

  1. Colette avatar

    it sounds like a lovely story

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is, it’s a gorgeous portrayal of a father / son relationship.

  2. Acorn Books avatar

    I love this book, the relationship between Raj and his Dad is brilliant #Readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely isn’t it, a real feelgood story 🙂

  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    This sounds a really nice book. And I love your idea of a child giving something like this on Father’s Day, so they can then read it together #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I quite miss that tradition in our house now. We used to do it for grandparents too 🙂

  4. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This does sound lovely. A strong bond between a father and son, plus reminding kids they don’t need money or technology to entertain themselves sounds like a story every child should read!

    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      It’s a great story for introducing children to the concept that having fun doesn’t have to cost money 🙂

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a lovely book…
    It does sound like the perfect gift for a dad x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is, especially from a son to his father 🙂

  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    I’m all for books that encourage imagination in familiar surroundings. #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      This story definitely does that and will hopefully inspire more parent / child outdoor adventures 🙂

  7. Kate avatar

    This one sounds utterly delightful. Loved the look of it and then reading your review seems to have so much to recommend it – realising money does not buy happiness and memories can be made for free, the importance of a dad in a son’s life and so much more. Really enjoyed this review – thanks #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      You have described the book perfectly Kate. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of activities that didn’t cost anything and that is the message that this book conveys.

  8. BookBairn (@BookBairn) avatar

    Awww we love this book too! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely isn’t it. Seb Braun’s illustrations are fabulous!

  9. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    This sounds like the perfect book to read on a rainy day to stop the boredom setting in! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Raj and his dad even manage to find a way to have fun when it rains in this story too 🙂