Book Activity: Creating a tableau of My Dad’s the Coolest by Rosie Smith

The start of a new month marks the start of a new project for The Little Book Adventure and, although I say this every month, I think this could be our best project yet.

Project #7 asks participants to re-create a picture book cover, title or illustration as a still tableau.

My family and I have been very excited about this project for some time, and we couldn’t wait to finally get started.

We began with an easy tableau, which was fun, but required very few props. We wanted to re-create the cover of My Dad’s The Coolest by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whately.

Hubby and I were given matching dressing gowns as wedding gifts; we decided these would be perfect to use as polar bear fur. And, of course, we needed two pairs of sunglasses. That was it, easy peasy!

Cam got sick of being in front of the camera though. She wanted to be behind it for a change, and she was a very good director  indeed.  Her pics are terribly embarrassing, but I really wanted to show you that the benefits of taking part in The Little Book Adventure are plentiful. As well as engaging children in books in interesting ways, they provide opportunities for quality family time.

Once you start, the ideas just keep flowing. We’re now searching our bookcases for some more challenging tableaux to create.

If you’d like to take part in this month’s project (for September 2012), you can read more about it here.

About the book:

My Dad’s The Coolest

Author: Rosie Smith

Illustrator: Bruce Whately

ISBN: 978-1742830742

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Press Australia, August 2012

RRP: $16.99 (aud)

Suitable for ages: 2+

Children of all ages will enjoy reading this short and simple book with their dads.  Bruce Whately has cleverly used the familiar attributes of various animals to light-heartedly and humorously illustrate the endearing text;  clown fish make their offspring laugh, while Chameleons like to play hide-and-seek with their children.

Book Activity: Creating a tableau of My Dad’s the Coolest by Rosie Smith


  1. Love this! :) How much fun and a great way to enjoy books in a new light! Miss Daisy loved when we did 5 in the bed with her teddies and got to throw them all out one by one! :) Can’t wait to see more of Cam’s photography and more of mum and dad’s acting skills!! :)

    • I’ll have to check out your Five in the Bed pic.
      I don’t like being in front of the camera at all. So hopefully not too many more pics to share.

  2. LOL. I love this Jackie! Looks like the whole family had a great time. Such a fun project. You’ve inspired me :) Thank you. xoxo P

  3. What a giggle Jackie! Love this. I’ll have to try a book cover one day too.

  4. This is really cool! My daughter would LOVE to do this!

  5. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!

  6. Hi Jackie,

    I love this post so much that I simply must share this in my roundup of the Weekly Kids’ Co-op this week. xoxo P

  7. This is just such a fun pic and concept Jackie!! Off to pin now…thanks for linking up to the Kid’s Co-Op!

  8. I think that this is such a great idea, Jackie. And I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see that you co-hosting The Children’s Bookshelf now. I love your blog! : )

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