Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads

Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads

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by Aaron Zenz
     
 

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Take a look, my dad's a Gander.
Take a nap, our dads are Boars.

From baby geese to kangaroos to humans, every mom and dad is known by his or her own special name. Bouncing texts full of fun wordplay and adorable illustrations feature animal parents of every shape and size, and encourage little readers to express big love. Go ahead and hug a bull!

Overview

Take a look, my dad's a Gander.
Take a nap, our dads are Boars.

From baby geese to kangaroos to humans, every mom and dad is known by his or her own special name. Bouncing texts full of fun wordplay and adorable illustrations feature animal parents of every shape and size, and encourage little readers to express big love. Go ahead and hug a bull!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
This simple picture book with minimal text strives to teach young listeners and readers about animal fathers and their unique names. Children will learn that a goose father is called a gander, a sheep father is a ram, a fox father is a tod, and moose, seal and elephant fathers are all called bulls. Lilting phrases and simple rhymes make reading aloud pleasurable, and will keep listeners engaged in the learning. The sweet, colorful illustrations show bright-eyed, happy animals with no or little background distractions, and they beautifully project the theme of love and caring between an animal father and his offspring. The final page is a complete chart of all the illustrated animals and the male titles, offering an opportunity for review and memorization. This is a charming and educational book for parents and children to read together and is highly appropriate for preschool and kindergarten classrooms as well. Reviewer: Jody Little
Kirkus Reviews
Zenz utilizes clever wordplay to introduce names for a menagerie of animal dads to the preschool crowd. Although the text inserts a few silly puns, it mostly reads like an enthusiastically delivered list of terms for the 27 different male creatures that frolic, jump and cuddle with their youngsters. The text playfully cautions, "Brace yourself--my dad might RAM you" as a pair of sheep kick up their heels. Other pages show a bee and ant that "DRONE on" and feature words new to young readers' ears such as TIERCEL, SILVERBACK and COB. They can even choose which BULL to adore most: a giraffe, walrus, moose or alligator. While the information presented will surprise and spark interest in further animal investigations, the illustrations in colored pencil feel mismatched and rather sweet given the content full of plays on words. As in the companion title, I Love Ewe (2013), the final page features pictures and terms for all of the animal papas found within. While it's useful for the wide range of animals covered, the disconnect between the occasionally sophisticated text and the slightly saccharine pictures ultimately compromises its success. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802735713
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
13 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

AARON ZENZ is the illustrator of Chuckling Ducklings and Nugget on the Flight Deck. He has worked as an illustrator, a graphic, multimedia, and toy designer, a college instructor, a fine artist, and an author.

www.aaronzenz.com
AARON ZENZ is the illustrator of  Chuckling Ducklings and Nugget on the Flight Deck. He has worked as an illustrator, a graphic, multimedia, and toy designer, a college instructor, a fine artist, and an author. He lives in Spring Lake, Michigan. www.aaronzenz.com

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Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Roo-Mom More than 1 year ago
Perfect for Father's Day - delightful and adorable illustrations, a lovely rhyme, just the right length for a bedtime story (that the child will want to hear twice!) A companion to "Chuckling Ducklings" and "I Love Ewe" - it's actually my favorite of the three!