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Giddy-Up, Daddy!
     

Giddy-Up, Daddy!

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by Troy Cummings
 

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Giddy-Up, Daddy! is the newest imaginative picture book from celebrated cartoonist Troy Cummings. When rootin'-tootin' Daddy the "horse" is eyeballed by some rotten rustlers, it's all the kids can do to keep him out of the big lugs' lasso. What follows is a quick detour through a rodeo, a trip across a circus high wire, and a near-miss in the Rockies,

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Giddy-Up, Daddy! is the newest imaginative picture book from celebrated cartoonist Troy Cummings. When rootin'-tootin' Daddy the "horse" is eyeballed by some rotten rustlers, it's all the kids can do to keep him out of the big lugs' lasso. What follows is a quick detour through a rodeo, a trip across a circus high wire, and a near-miss in the Rockies, till the kids don Mounty gear and capture the bad guys for good. A celebratory parade at sundown leads the kids and Daddy back home into Mom's waiting arms.

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Publishers Weekly
The childhood game of “horsey” leaps into outlandish territory as a bespectacled, bald, and very accommodating father eagerly bounds about with his daughter and diapered son riding on his back. The rambunc-tious narrative reads like a spaghetti Western: “He was sure-footed on any terrain—carpet, hardwood, or linoleum,” writes Cummings. “He could scoop up his kids and take them from bed to breakfast before the toast popped up. And he hardly ever bucked.” When two horse rustlers lure Dad away with sugar cubes, it’s up to the kids to rescue him from the rodeo, after which their adventures take them to the Kentucky Derby, a polo match, the circus, and exotic—Canada. With digital cartoons that capitalize on each twist and turn (and play up the dad-as-horse jokes at every opportunity), Cummings delivers a boisterous tribute to devoted fathers. Ages 2–5. Agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, the Herman Agency. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
In this hilarious romp, a daddy must call upon his stellar horsing-around abilities to guarantee a good time be had by all. "Once there was a dad who was really good at playing horsey. Seriously, he was the best." This first page of the book shows little brother and older sister perched on his back ready for adventure. One day, dad is outside practicing his jumps when a couple of sinister horse rustlers capture him. So begins the quest to find dad, rescue him and escape up north. Their journey takes them at a rapid pace to a rodeo, onto the tight rope in a circus tent, into the middle of a polo match, onto the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and up the side of a Canadian mountain. During each part of their travels, Daddy makes sure to keep them safe since they are constantly just one step ahead of rustlers. With danger always lurking, the text has a lot of "but then"s spurring readers to quickly turn each page. Cummings dresses the thrilling tale with cartoony illustrations chock-full of zany details that kids will find appealing (but perhaps at times a bit frenetic). As one can guess, the kids save the day and their horsey daddy all in time for dinnertime at sunset. For an unabashedly unsentimental laugh-out-loud tale that celebrates fathers' loving, playful side--as well as their stamina--look no further. (Picture book. 3-7)
Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
You know that dads give great horsey rides, right? Well, that may be so, but this dad? He gives the best horsey rides in the world. Seriously. He can get the kids—big sister and little brother—down to breakfast in a flash! One morning, dad went outside to practice his jumps while the kids ate. But there were some crazy horse rustlers hiding in the bushes. And they stole daddy and entered him into a rodeo! But, the kids are pretty smart themselves, and track daddy down. Making his escape, daddy/horsey scampers off with the kids only to find themselves on a tightrope! In the middle of the circus! And jumping through "The Flaming Hoop of Doom!" to escape those thieving rustlers once again. One polo match, the Kentucky Derby, and a side trip to Canada later, the kids—who are really Canadian Mounties—capture those dang horse rustlers and drag them into town for a celebratory parade just as the sun sets. And there is mom, who gives the best airplane rides in the world, waiting for them all, with dinner ready on the table. The author/illustrator, a celebrated cartoonist, has created a delightfully imaginative romp sure to please the pre-school set and even a few of their older siblings. With an easy flow to the text and the wonderful illustrations, not to mention a bit of a surprise at the end, this would make for a wonderful read-aloud at any time of day. Be sure to have young readers explore every aspect of this book—the end pages are as delightful as the rest of this tale. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—"Once there was a dad who was really good at playing horsey. Seriously, he was the best." One day, he is kidnapped by horse rustlers. His daughter and infant son track him down to find that he has been entered in a rodeo. When he spies his children, he bucks the bad guys out of the arena, the kids climb on his back, and the race is on. They gallop off to hide in a tent and find themselves atop a high wire with the rustlers close behind. They zoom down a slide and through The Flaming Hoop of Doom! and hide in the midst of a polo match. With the rustlers hot on their trail, Dad and the kids rocket around a dirt track and win the Kentucky Derby. They keep going, all the way to Canada, where the siblings reveal themselves to be Canadian Mounties. After they capture the bad guys, Dad trots them back home, just in time for dinner. The preposterous story makes sense when the last illustration reveals a backyard full of toys that represent the scenes of the adventures and the stuffed-animal bad guys. Cummings enlivens this silly romp with energetic cartoonlike illustrations that feature the galloping dad and his daredevil kids in the forefront of every scene. The illustrations vary from spot drawings to full spreads, with the page-turning action moving toward the right. This rollicking read is sure to be a hit with horsey lovers everywhere.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307978561
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

TROY CUMMINGS has been drawing and writing since he was just a small cowboy. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers and magazines, on Web sites, on frozen-fish-stick packages, and in hospital waiting rooms. This is his third picture book. He lives in Greencastle, Indiana, with his cat and his family.

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Giddy-Up, Daddy! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You disgusting creepy pervert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me a lot of another great picture book called DAY OUT WITH DADDY by author/artist Stephen Cook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story, love the art. Colorful, imaginitive with a good time retro feel.