"A perfect read-aloud... The energetic presentations offer up ebullient joy... Show the warm love... Rain or shine, indoors or out, the pictures of the pairs circle and support this close bond with splashing colors in every shade of happy."
"Spare text blends with trios of jaunty watercolor tableaux showing various dads interacting with their children. They engaging in imaginary play and practical partnerships, such as queen and jester, horse and rider, engine and railcar, crane and cargo, all conducted "side by side". One special spread shows "Learner" dad in a beret, all tangled as he attempts to mimic his "Teacher" daughter, who instructs him on jumping rope. Raschka amazes by conveying profound emotion in a simple, unpretentious way. VERDICT: The two-time Caldecott medalist again delivers "awws" with this festival of fathers. Perfect for one-on-one sharing, side by side."
—School Library Journal, Starred review
"A heartfelt and playful ode to the father-child relationship."
"Raschka amazes by conveying profound emotion in a simple, unpretentious way."
—School Library Journal
"Readers will have no doubt as to the emotions of the characters, and they are sure to find both mirrors of their own play as well as ideas for new ways to interact with their grown-ups. Parents and children will seek out some side-by-side time after sharing this."
"Rhythmic and soothing... Joyous, imaginative play and affectionate closeness [is] depicted in Raschka's relaxed, gestural watercolors."
—Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"Having been a father, and now a put-'em-on-my-back-and-charge-up-and-down-the-stairs grandpa, I am a sucker for this touching book. It makes me smile, smile, and smile."
"A very sweet and lovely picture book that celebrates the relationship between fathers and children... We see the different roles that dad and child play as they go through childhood, such as horse and rider, mountain and climber, boat and captain - and doing all of these things side by side. There is a mix of ethnicities in the different dad/child pairs throughout the book, and the diversity feels natural and real."
"A perfect gift for Father's Day, or any occasion that celebrates dads. This could also be a good prompt for writing and drawing about one's own father."
—A Kids Book a Day
"If you want a great new Father's Day picture book, Side by Side: A Celebration of Dads by Chris Raschka is a great place to start... A great book for early readers, or even for dads of older kids who appreciates sweet simplicity."
—Cool Mom Picks