The Daddy Book

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Some daddies work at home Some daddies work far away Some daddies teach you to walk Some daddies teach you to ride a skateboard All daddies love you!

Represents a variety of fathers, with lots of hair and little hair, making cookies and buying doughnuts, camping out and taking naps, and hugging and kissing their children.

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Overview

Some daddies work at home Some daddies work far away Some daddies teach you to walk Some daddies teach you to ride a skateboard All daddies love you!

Represents a variety of fathers, with lots of hair and little hair, making cookies and buying doughnuts, camping out and taking naps, and hugging and kissing their children.

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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)

Publishers Weekly
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316607995
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: BK&ACCES
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 400,543
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr

Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    The Daddy Book

    I got this book for my great-nephew who lives with his Dad. The story was okay but more expensive than it was worth.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    My Daughter Loves It

    My 20-month old daughter loves this book. We read it over and over again. She likes to look at the pictures and comment on the different kinds of daddies and what they are doing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    This book is cute, fun and all about Dads!!! I bought it for my

    This book is cute, fun and all about Dads!!! I bought it for my baby girl and also for my Sunday School kids to read on Father's day! Its an awesome book. Great pictures!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

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    it reminds me of my daddy. that was maya on the top again,that was leah that said that.....

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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