The Barnes & Noble Review
If you love Todd Parr's zany books about feeling good and loving life, you'll flip over this fresh and exuberant companion to his bestselling tribute The Mommy Book.
Honoring fathers everywhere through kind words and rejuvenating illustrations, The Daddy Book shows all the different types of dads out there. "Some daddies have a lot of hair," some "have a little hair," while "some daddies work at home" and "some daddies work far away." Of course, there are lots more, but no matter who the lovable guy is, some truths fit all papas: They "like to try new things," all "like to watch you sleep," and "all daddies want you to be who you are!"
Endearing and fresh, Parr's tribute will lead to heartfelt bonding between dads and kids. His electric colors and thick lines make each page a joy to look at, and children will giggle over the book's many cheerful fathers. As an extra bonus, there's also a free greeting card inside with the book's artwork and an "I love you, Daddy!" message. This is a big-hearted book! (Matt Warner)
Just in time for Mother's Day and Father's Day, a pair of books by Todd Parr celebrates different kinds of parents. "Some mommies work at home/ Some mommies work in big buildings," states The Mommy Book, accompanied by Parr's signature combination of simple text and neon-bright contrasting colors with bold black line. Similarly, The Daddy Book highlights the differences between dads. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In these companion titles, Parr celebrates characteristics of mothers and fathers, and points out differences. For instance, "Some daddies teach you how to walk Some daddies teach you how to ride a skateboard"; "Some mommies fly kites Some mommies fly planes." The simple texts are accompanied by joyful, childlike illustrations done in vibrant colors, with faces that are yellow, tan, blue, purple, and other hues; figures and objects are outlined with thick, black lines. Parents of both genders are shown working at home and holding cleaning supplies. A few pages share the same text, for example, "All daddies [or mommies] like to watch you sleep!" The books close with the statement that all mommies [or daddies] "love to kiss and hug you" and "want you to be who you are!" While these titles do not overtly address single-parent households and nontraditional families, Parr allows youngsters to see the similarities that many families share by recognizing differences.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
The Byron Barton of feelings and relationships offers a gallery of Dads at work and play, all drawn with thick lines and intense, contrasting colors against monochromatic backgrounds. The message is one of unity in diversity: "Some daddies wear suits. . . . Some daddies wear two different socks. . . . Some daddies work at home. . . . Some daddies work far away. . . . All daddies like to watch you sleep." A simultaneously published companion volume, The Mommy Book runs along the same track, though with a text that only partially overlaps. With but one exception in The Mommy Book, the figures are all smiles, which makes for a certain monotony, but Parr frees his mommies and daddies from conventional gender roles, while depicting them and their children with orange, yellow, purple, and green faces, sometimes within the same family. Recent ex-toddlers will be drawn to these sunny, colorful consciousness raisers.