Because I Am Your Daddy

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How much do fathers love their children? Enough to fly them to school in a plane? Enough to dig for the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known? From exploring dark caves to leading a marching band to even being a space alien, a father’s love is unconditional, and he will do anything to make sure all of his child’s dreams come true.

The dynamic duo of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall team up once again to treat parents and children to a story that celebrates affection with ...

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Overview


How much do fathers love their children? Enough to fly them to school in a plane? Enough to dig for the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known? From exploring dark caves to leading a marching band to even being a space alien, a father’s love is unconditional, and he will do anything to make sure all of his child’s dreams come true.

The dynamic duo of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall team up once again to treat parents and children to a story that celebrates affection with imagination. Because I Am Your Daddy is a great read-aloud book at storytime or a soothing book at bedtime, and an ideal gift for new fathers on Father’s Day.

F&P level: K
 
Praise for Because I Am Your Daddy
"Daddy/daughter bedtime reading doesn't get any cozier. The text is accompanied by Hall's fun and stylishly retro watercolors." -BookPage

"This selection is a perfect Father's Day pick." -School Library Journal

"Hall's airy, retro-flavored watercolors depict the father's artfully exaggerated roles. A stylish depiction of fatherly devotion." -Publishers Weekly

"The loving bond between parent and child is at the core of the story, and the joy is as much in the hugs as in the imaginative play." -Booklist

"Hall's simply gorgeous retro-styled watercolors depicting a dad with his dark-haired daughter and her dolly go to town with each premise--the image of the three of them surfing is nothing short of breathtaking in its jewel-toned splashy motion." -Kirkus reviews

Also available by Sherry North and Marcellus Hall
Praise for Because You Are My Baby
“Rhythms reminiscent of those in Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny . . . The sentimental text is balanced by simple geometric shapes that evoke rockets, sea life, and airplanes adventuring happily together in uncluttered spreads.” —Booklist
 
“Wry but always inviting images . . . lifts a familiar premise far above the ordinary.” —Publishers Weekly

 
Also available from Marcellus Hall
Praise for City I Love
 
[STAR] “Many added layers of narrative delight as well as beautiful colors and an eye-catching sense of design . . . This book is really special, a global tour de force.” —School Library Journal, starred review
 
[STAR] “Hall’s watercolor urban scenes capture the big city’s scale while depicting both its bustle and its quieter corners.” —Kirkus, starred reviewF&P level: Z

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From the creators of Because You Are My Baby comes another ingenuous expression of love, with a father explaining that he'd do anything for his daughter. Hall's airy, retro-flavored watercolors depict the father's artfully exaggerated roles: “If I were a scientist, we would dig up ancient bones/ And find the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known.” Other activities include surfing an inky blue wave and enjoying a game of “cosmic bowling” aboard a spaceship. A stylish depiction of fatherly devotion. Ages 3-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
How strong is a father's love for his child? The depth of his affection is revealed as one father describes to his child the magnificent feats he would accomplish just for her. He would fly his daughter to school if he were an airline pilot. If he were a film director, he would cast his child in the starring role of a movie. They could travel by books to any place in the world if he worked as a librarian. Imagine what special things the father could do for his daughter if he were a baseball player, a Martian, or even a wizard. Watercolor illustrations fill the pages as the father shows his love by telling his child just what he would do especially for her. Strangely, although the father presents many wondrous ways to show the depths of his love, he never simply says, "I love you." Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The team who created Because You Are My Baby (Abrams, 2008), about the different careers a mother could pursue and how she would use them to benefit her baby, continues that same concept here. The different professions the father tries range from famous (Hollywood director and baseball player) to adventurous (explorer and ranger) to out of this world—literally. North uses simple "if…then" structured rhymes that beg to be read aloud. "If I were a librarian, we could venture anywhere./Wherever we decide to go, a book would take us there." The father, his daughter, and her doll ride a book like a magic carpet. Hall again creates fun-filled, full-page watercolor cartoon illustrations in the same retro style as the first book. This selection is a perfect Father's Day pick.—Samantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
This Y-chromosome companion to Because You Are My Baby (2008) follows a similar format, positing a hypothetical and its follow-through on each double-page spread: "If I were a scientist, we would dig up ancient bones / And find the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known." As in the previous edition, as well, the scansion stumbles and the rhymes sometimes struggle; moreover, the statements occasionally don't make much sense. The sentiment is crystal-clear, however, and Hall's simply gorgeous retro-styled watercolors depicting a dad with his dark-haired daughter and her dolly go to town with each premise-the image of the three of them surfing is nothing short of breathtaking in its jewel-toned splashy motion. The final hypothetical-"if I were a wizard"-ties them all together ever so neatly. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810983922
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 624,794
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry North is a former writer and producer for CNN Headline News, and the author of Because You Are My Baby. She lives with her husband in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Marcellus Hall illustrated Abrams’ Because You Are My Baby and City I Love. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Because I am a daddy, it gets a high five from me!

    What would a father do to make his child's dreams come true? If he were a pilot, he could fly her to school. If he were a scientist, he could help her dig up the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known. If he were a surfer, he could take her on his board to ride the highest wall of water. If he were an explorer, he could guide her through the darkest cave. And if he were an inventor, he could build a high-tech tree house. Author Sherry North's flowing poetic text helps us to feel how a father measures his love for his daughter. The watercolor paintings by illustrator Marcellus Hall, though contemporary, have the feel of those wonderful children's picture books of the 1950s and allow the reader to visualize the loving bond between parent and child. North and Hall had previously collaborated on Because You Are My Baby, which won the NAPPA Gold Award for 2008. As a daddy myself, Because You Are My Daddy gets a high five from me.

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