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When a boy's father goes missing, he looks for him at The Bureau of Misplaced Dads, where at least 20 or 30 dads wander in every day and wait for their kids to fetch them. There are bearded dads, a dad named Michael and even a Super Dad, but none of them belong to the boy. He is about to lose hope when he suddenly remembers what he and his father were playing just before t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Kids Can Press (first published October 1st 2013)
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La Coccinelle
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
What a silly little book! But it's pretty funny, too.

A boy's father goes missing, and he's told to go look for him at the Bureau of Misplaced Dads, which is sort of like a lost-and-found for hapless paternal caregivers. Dads apparently wander in off the street after being misplaced. Sometimes they cry (so they're given juice and cookies), but there are plenty of other things for the dads to do while they wait for their kids to come and collect them. Sometimes, the Bureau even releases a few into
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Shoa Khan
Although I immensely enjoy French cinema, that hasn't exactly been the case with these picture books translated from French :/
This book is really quite bizarre, wherein a kid "misplaces" his father, and ends up reaching the Bureau for Misplaced Dads. Apparently, they have quite a few dads held there, and the person who operates the place asks the kid to take his pick.
I just found this whole idea really absurd, and it just left me feeling really weird. I cannot even imagine what kids would make o
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Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:

When a little boy’s father isn’t where he left him the Bureau of Misplaced Dads steps in to help. But what will happen if the boy can’t find his father amongst the delightful and diverse group of dads waiting to be found?


Apart from the charming illustrations and the general sense of realistic whimsy associated with a Bureau of Misplaced Dads (one can’t quite imagine a Bureau of Misplaced Mums, somehow!), this is
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades K-2
Shelves: picture-books
There comes a day when the tables are turned and a child may misplace his or her dad for a few minutes. Luckily, the Bureau of Misplaced Dads is there to help: it's an organization that collects missing parental figures in the hopes of reuniting them with their youngsters. As a boy searches thru the Bureau, he meets a curious arrangement of Dads -- prehistoric, sad, sporty, smartly dressed, super-powered, rumpled, outdoorsy, poetic...even a dad named "Michael." But will the boy ever find his rea ...more
Michelle Gray
Themes: Dads
Chinook
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, net-galley
That was adorable. I loved the bizarreness. We will have to buy Kait a copy. It would be great to read just before a trip somewhere, to introduce the idea of a lost child room.
Deja
Delightfully funny. I couldn't help but think of how this relates to "deadbeat dads" in real life, which gave an uncomfortable and ultimately irrelevant layer to the reading. But it really is a funny book.
Miss Ryoko
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
With a title like this and a cover like that, I just HAD to read this book. It was strange and hilarious.
Andréa
Strange but amusing.

Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley.
Pop Bop
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Add A Little Weird to the Shelf

As I think back about some of the old favorites on the family picture book shelf I realize that there is some pretty weird and subversive stuff there. From "Mogwogs on the March" to more modern "concept" books that look like 70's rock album covers, there is a vast range of picture books from which to choose. This book seems to me to be on the milder and hipper end of the weird spectrum, but it has some sneaky charms.

Or hero's father has gone missing, and so we are
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Emmaline MacBeath
SUMMARY: A boy suddenly realizes he has misplaced his dad. He runs outside to look for him. Instead of his dad, he runs into a stranger who works for the Bureau of Misplaced Dads. The man shows him about the place, has the boy look at the available dads and even offers him a new one. After hanging out with the dads for a little while, the boy remembers where he lost his dad and is reunited.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are full of colors that remind me of the vint
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Storywraps
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is about a nameless boy whose father has gone missing. The first line reads....

"I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning."

Very upset the boy runs outside looking all over for him and asks a strange man if he has seen his dad. As luck would have it...

"It just so happens that I work at the Bureau of Misplaced Dad," he said. "Come with me. With any luck, your father will be there waiting for you."

The boy follows along to this man's work. The kind man tells him that at least 20-30 dads
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Siina
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, beta-review, kids
Well, I must say that The Bureau of Misplaced Dads was surely different and quite fresh! The idea of a place were you can find your dad if you lose him is quite fun. Here we have a boy whose dad has gone missing and he ends up at the bureau of misplaced dads in order to find his dad. Instead he finds loads of dads all very different, but not his own. Then he suddenly remembers where his own dad is and the catastrophe is avoided. The story is quite funny and weird at the same time. It reminded me ...more
Charity
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Check out: 5girlsbookreviews.blogspot.com for real, honest kids reviews!

REVIEW BY: Angelina, age 8 years, 10 months

MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:

I loved this book so much and it was a fantastic book! Now I will tell you about this book. This book is great for kids and dads to read together.

A little boy told his dad to pretend that he was a coat rack, but forgot that he told him to do that, so he started searching for his dad. He went to The Bureau of Misplaced Dads and found out that there are a lot of d
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is about a nameless boy whose father has gone missing. The first line reads....

"I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning."

The story continues with the boy running into a man who works at "The Bureau of Misplaced Dads". He and the boy head over there to see if his father is there. There are various fathers from caveman days to mountain men, strongmen etc. but not is father. As he begins to get upset he is told he can pick a different dad, which does not go over well. Suddenly the bo
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Melissa
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute and inventive, if you are okay explaining the 21st century dangers and how characters in books do things that real little boys should never do.
Arminzerella
A little boy realizes that he's misplaced his father, goes out looking for him, and runs into the director of the Bureau of Misplaced Dads, who helps him search. When none of the dads hanging around the Bureau fits the boy's description of his father, "he's *my* dad!" the director offers to let him adopt a different one. Tears ensue, but eventually the boy remembers where he left his dad and races home to find him. Phew.

Although I liked the goofy premise of this book, some of the dads depicted s
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Aly
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
**netgalley.com review** There comes a day when the tables are turned and a child may misplace his or her dad for a few minutes. Luckily, the Bureau of Misplaced Dads is there to help: it's an organization that collects missing parental figures in the hopes of reuniting them with their youngsters. As a boy searches thru the Bureau, he meets a curious arrangement of Dads -- prehistoric, sad, sporty, smartly dressed, super-powered, rumpled, outdoorsy, poetic...even a dad named "Michael." But will ...more
Cory
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a translation of a French book, and it's one of those that make you just shake your head and mutter "French!" to yourself. The drawings were weird, and the story made little to no sense. I don't know how things work in France, but I don't think you should tell American children that when they can't find their dad, they should wander out of the house and follow some random man who says that he works at the "Bureau of Misplaced Dads." This is NOT a solid plan, and sounds like a recipe for ...more
Aspen Mitchell
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kinder
I absolutely loved this book! It's a little quirky and bizarre. The illustrations are great, they remind me of old films like The Pink Panther, or What's Up Doc. The story itself is silly, like all dad jokes are. As an adult I thought it was hilarious, but for a little kid it could be sending mixed messages. We tell our kids not to talk to strangers and stay put when they get lost, and this book is depicting the exact opposite. But if a kid understands the difference between fiction and non-fict ...more
Teresa Edmunds
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The best part of this book is the illustrations. It has an Edward Gory feel. The story is of a young boy who has lost his dad. He goes looking and is assisted by 'The Bureau of Misplaced Dads'. He is shown all kinds of dads, but none of them are his father. In the end, he realizes he should have looked closer to home. Though this is a clever idea, the story almost lumbers along and you feel no connection to any of the characters. It is a plain bowl of ice cream when it could have been a spectacu ...more
Megan Howard
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This wacky read left me with some mixed feelings. A young boy misplaces his dad and travels to the bureau of misplaced dads in the hopes of finding him. When he can't find him there, he is upset until he remembers where he left him. The illustrations are lovely and the story is funny but it all ends rather quickly. The book would also cause some issues in the classroom if there is a child who does not have a father but otherwise it is a quick and quirky read perfect for a young reader.
Stephanie Tournas
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When a little boy loses his dad, a kindly stranger tips him off to the Bureau of Misplaced Dads, a zany place where dads are housed until they are fetched by their family. Dads lounge around chewing bubble gum or playing ping pong. Some cry and are given cookies. Others are released back into the wild. The text is matter of fact and the illustrations are hilarious. First published in France under the title Le bureau des papas perdus, 2013.
Gina
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley. It's a really quirky little book. It reminds me of the Jerry daycare in the show Rick and Morty. The story is easy for kids to understand - a boy misplaces his dad and tries to find him. There was something offputting about having a kid go off with a sketchy looking stranger to look for his dad. The illustrations were interesting and did a good job of highlighting the different kids of dads in the world. A decent story with fun illustrations.
Susie
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun premise, but just a little weird. The illustrations seem a bit old school, with a period feel to them. While I'm not one to belittle old school (because I'm pretty old!) it just didn't click with me as much as it could have. The misplaced dads waiting around were just a little weird-- although maybe that's why they were still unclaimed. I checked this out after reading about it in 100 Scope Notes post about unusual books.
Lee
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really cute book! It's a story about a young boy misplacing his dad, and looking for him at a bureau that specializes in taking in dads who are lost and helping them. It has some funny pictures showing all the different kinds of dads. And is a heartwarming story when he finds his dad. Young kids would really enjoy this. Thanks to the publisher and goodreads for providing the complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.
Nick
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The story is cute and a bit surreal. The surreal part might not appeal to everyone, and some of the humor is a bit odd, but the basic concept is cute and funny.
The Bureau of Misplaced Dads is where dads go to wait for their children to find them. Sadly, sometimes it takes a bit too long, but as long as they dads follow the rules and stay away from the crocodiles, things will usually turn out okay.
The ending was both abrupt and weird, and I say this having grown up on Dr. Seuss books.
Melissa
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book, for free, from Goodreads first reads. This is a very cute children's book with nice illustrations. I enjoyed the book and know that my two great nieces and my great nephew will enjoy it too. After I read it to them, it will join the library that I am putting together for my daughter. She is in her final year of college, studying to be a teacher. I am so proud of her!!
Ms. Mystery
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stranger Danger Alert! Kids, do not go with strange, weird looking men that say they are with the Bureau of Misplaced Dads. You may end up in a place crawling with peculiar dads. This is a quirky, fun book. Bound to make any child laugh out loud. The illustrations are very cute. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Lisa Boyd
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This is a fantastic book! I really like all of the different kinds of dads and I cracked up at the releasing them into the wild part. This will be on my Christmas list this year for gifts to give to friends.

The illustrations in this book are terrific and I loved the color scheme of the book as well. It has a vintage feel but will last the test of time. A+
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Eric Veillé est né en 1976 à Laval. Après des études d’arts appliqués à l’école Duperré à Paris et un exil de deux ans au Cambodge, sa bande dessinée absurde Le Sens de la vie et ses frères, paraît chez Cornélius en 2008. Directeur artistique dans l’édition, il décide un jour de printemps de se consacrer à l’écriture et l’illustration de livres jeunesse. Depuis, il a publié de nombreux albums chez ...more