This is a fun and engaging picture book — an instant classic — which offers a delightful way for children to learn how to deal with their parents, and vice versa, including recalcitrant fathers. The little girl wants a pet, the dad says no, so she decides to treat her father like her pet. It doesn’t go so well. But, by trying a similar approach to how she’d think through training a pet dog, the process helps her (and her father) learn to get along better.
Eventually, they both learn how to improve their relationship, including that “No + Hug = Yes!” By charmingly illustrating that relationships take some thought and effort, along with love and a little fun, and that even the littlest among us can cause an effect that improves life for the whole family.