Tell Me a Tattoo Story: a heartwarming story for modern parents

Alison McGhee's new book Tell Me a Tattoo Story is a sweet tale about family history and modern parenthood.

Photo: Chronicle Books
Photo: Chronicle Books

Tattoos are a work of art that often tell personal stories. Unlike generations before, more and more people are sporting ink these days. So what happens when they become parents? They show off their tattoos to their kids, of course!

That’s why Tell Me a Tattoo Story, written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, is the perfect bedtime story for modern parents. In this hardcover picture book, a son begs his inked-up dad to tell him the stories behind each of his tattoos.

Photo: Chronicle Books
Photo: Chronicle Books

Cuddled up with his kid, the dad points to each tattoo and gives little anecdotes about each one. For example, the tattoo on his forearm serves as a kind reminder of the morals he grew up with. Another tatt depicts the longest trip he ever took, and there’s one that’s an illustration from a book his mom used to read him.

Photo: Chronicle Books
Photo: Chronicle Books

And who could forget a beautifully intricate arm piece that’s an ode to the day he met his little guy’s mom?

But he saves the best for last: A heart on his chest inscribed with a certain somebody’s birthday.

Tattooed or not, parents everywhere will love reading this sweet, heartwarming story to their kiddos.

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