Day out with Daddy

Day out with Daddy

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by Stephen Cook
     
 

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A special day with Daddy can be a whole lot of fun. Just don't tell Mommy. . .

When Mommy leaves town, a young son has a day out with Daddy. Whether they're starting the day with a good breakfast, of every donut and pastry available, or finishing it with a late, late show on T.V. (with Daddy watching with eyes closed), everything is extra fun. Daddy sure likes to

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A special day with Daddy can be a whole lot of fun. Just don't tell Mommy. . .

When Mommy leaves town, a young son has a day out with Daddy. Whether they're starting the day with a good breakfast, of every donut and pastry available, or finishing it with a late, late show on T.V. (with Daddy watching with eyes closed), everything is extra fun. Daddy sure likes to do things his own way!

Each event in a boy's day is filled with double meanings and humor when told from his unique point of view.

Mommy will be so sorry she's missing out on all the fun.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This droll, straightforward text tells the story of a day from the little boy's perspective. The illustrations show us what actually took place. The result is a humorous look at what can happen when mom goes away for a day on business. Their "good breakfast" shows doughnuts, "Super Sugar" cereal, chocolate cupcakes, and other assorted goodies. They go to a petting zoo and the ballpark. Daddy prepares a "special meal" that burns while he is reading the paper. It is a good thing there is pizza take-out. The exaggerations in the cartoon-style illustrations will have fathers and sons laughing out loud at the ineptness of this noodlehead dad. It is an old joke with new, comical faces. All those marvelous fathers who handle child-rearing and household chores with aplomb will not find themselves here. The fun of noodlehead tales, however, is in that smugness of knowing how superior we are to the character in the story. This is a quick, fun read for Father's Day or any day you want to hear a child laugh. 2006, Walker & Company, Ages 5 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-An entertaining story told in simple declarative statements. A little boy tells of waking up early, making breakfast, going to the zoo and to a ballgame, coming home to daddy's "special meal" of a pizza delivery, and, finally, staying up late. The humorous illustrations offer an entirely different point of view, showing the narrator startling his father awake and the man chasing after his underwear-clad son. The child says, "I got dressed to go out." The cartoon paintings and tongue-in-cheek text are reminiscent of David Shannon's No, David! (Scholastic, 1998). The characters have dots for eyes, and the full-bleed spreads are saturated with bright colors. The use of acrylic on canvas board produces a textured look that resembles pastels, adding to the childlike feel. The endpapers, filled with drawings that are ostensibly the work of the little boy, depict him and his daddy and serve as a nice lead-in. While not an essential purchase, this is a pleasant addition for storytimes in libraries needing more picture books featuring fathers.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This caper shares the fun that Dad and son have while Mom's away. The special day starts a tad before dawn: "I knew Daddy was going to be extra excited, so I got up extra early," narrates the tot. Throughout the story the splashy illustrations illuminate what the text does not. This painting presents the boy dressed for the occasion in his gold-and-red band outfit, trumpet blaring as bug-eyed Pop leaps from the sheets in terror. The clock reads 4:00 AM. Father and son enjoy "a good breakfast," which consists of purple-and-pink frosted doughnuts and an array of sticky buns. After a day of outings humorously observed by the boy, Dad tackles dinner. He isn't so great at multitasking; the meal pretty much explodes, but the day is saved when pizza arrives and Mom comes home full of love and chagrin. Cliches abound, but are often true enough to make this a jocular yarn that delights in father-and-son bonding. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802780607
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
04/18/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

STEPHEN COOK is a graduate of the California College of the Arts and is an award-winning art director. This is his first book. Currently he lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife, three children, and pet snail. If his wife asks, nothing like this story ever happened while he was watching the kids.

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Day out with Daddy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really entertaining - my 4 & 6 year old loved it!