Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies

Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies

by Pija Lindenbaum

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lindenbaum salutes the unconventional in this wacky debut--a Swedish import--about a girl with a happy though decidedly odd home life. In addition to her normal-size mother Else-Marie has seven tiny, identical daddies who, apart from their size, behave like daddies everywhere. (There are some differences, of course: relaxing after dinner, they all fit in one armchair and share a single newspaper.) Terror strikes one morning when Else-Marie's mother announces that her daddies will pick Else-Marie up at school. Although the girl spends an anxious day imagining all the dreadful things that could happen, her fears prove ungrounded. Her daddies are a big hit, and no one sits on them during story time. Lindenbaum's muted watercolors are filled with amusing details--a wedding picture on the living room wall, for example, shows the bride towering over her seven diminutive grooms. It's an outrageously comical approach to a universal childhood fear--being thought different. Freud would no doubt have a field day with Lindenbaum's off-the-wall treatment, but readers may well relish the ride. Ages 4-7. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Else-Marie has seven little daddies. They are about 16 inches high. They do all the regular things associated with fathers--go off to work, come home on the bus, eat supper, and read the paper. Indeed, their life is so normal that Else-Marie does not in the least regard her situation as peculiar. However, when her mother announces that she has to work overtime and that Else-Marie's daddies will pick her up at playgroup, the child begins to worry that her playmates may find it strange that she has several little daddies instead of one big one. Au contraire , her friends don't seem to mind a bit. All through the story readers will search for a logical explanation, some missing puzzle piece regarding Else-Marie's bizarre situation. However, no answers are provided, no hints are given. This lack of resolution makes for an ultimately unsatisfying story, with awkward attempts at humor. The illustrations, done in a cartoon style, portray rather unappealing characters with bulging eyes and stringy hair, and the colors are murky. --Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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4 - 7 Years

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