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Posted June 1, 2001
The Little Critters in the book are a cross between trolls, bears, and porcupines . . . and they certainly are humorous to consider. This book is perfect for the 2-5 year old set. As your child gets older, this book will also make a good beginning reader. The idea of going camping alone with Dad will be encouraged by the story (especially if you reassure your child that bears are unlikely to take her or his fish). While many people would assume this is about a father and son, there is no language to say so. Only the blue overalls give any hint of sex, so I think the book will work well for daughters. The story involves a camping trip. Mom waves goodbye, and the father and child are off. The father lets the child participate in as many ways as possible, even though it doesn't always work out. For example, the spot the child picks out to camp on turns out to be occupied by a porcupine and a snake! The high point of the trip is when the child catches a fish. Dad takes a picture, and the child starts to cook the fish. Then the bear comes and snatches the fish out of the frying pan! I know from our children that fishing seems to provide endless fascination at this age. We always taught our children to carefully release the fish. Eating them is good too. The book ends with 'We slept in our tent all night long -- just me and my dad.' At these ages, children are not always eager to do things without Mom. But Mom needs a break sometimes, and many Dads love to do a little direct bonding which this book will encourage. The illustrations are bright, lovingly detailed, and humorous in as many ways as possible. They are rendered in either gouache or water color. I couldn't quite tell which medium was used. Of special note are a tiny cricket or grasshopper and a spider that humorously accompany the father and child. This illustrated story within a story is worth the price of the book alone. Small children will naturally gravitate towards these little creatures and want to point them out with their tiny fingers. Make wonderful laughing connections with this book! After your child is comfortable with it, I suggest that you plan a little camping trip to find out how your child likes the actual experience. Naturally, some fishing might be in order! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
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Posted December 21, 2009
I bought all the Mercer Mayer books for my children and now I am buying them for my grandchildren. They are timeless. Kids love looking for the little critters on the pages as well as learning more about themselves and life's small lessons. We read them over and over again. I recommend all of the Mercer Mayer books. Our favorite is "I Was So Mad"
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My son loved this book as a toddler. We recently purchased the book for a 2 year old friend. My son wanted to read it again! He had fond memories of reading it over and over and over.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2009
Posted June 6, 2007
This book describes many of the fun times and mishaps that I and my son have whenever I bring him somewhere when it's just the two of us. But, like in the book, it's all in a day's adventure, and we laugh about it later. A great book for all fathers and sons, especially dads and sons, or daughters, who don't see each other that often.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2009
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