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Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter Series)

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This well-loved Little Critter picture book has become a modern classic. It's the tale of a father-and-son camping trip filled with Little Critter's mistakes and good intentions. In spite of difficulties, however, the happy father and son manage to put up their tent, catch fish for dinner, and sleep beneath the stars. In spite of minimal text, the story is full and rich, with endearing illustrations from start to finish.
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Overview

This well-loved Little Critter picture book has become a modern classic. It's the tale of a father-and-son camping trip filled with Little Critter's mistakes and good intentions. In spite of difficulties, however, the happy father and son manage to put up their tent, catch fish for dinner, and sleep beneath the stars. In spite of minimal text, the story is full and rich, with endearing illustrations from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307118394
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Little Critter Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 59,291
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 1.72 (h) x 0.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating books for children for more than forty years. His most recognized character, the loveable and charismatic Little Critter®, was born in 1975 in the book just for you. Mercer’s Litter Critter has since starred in more than two hundred books, which have sold fifty million copies. Born in Arkansas, Mercer now lives in Connecticut with his family. You can visit Little Critter online at www.littlecritter.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Great Father's Day Gift for Dads Who Like to Camp!

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Fun for Dads and kids to share

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

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    A great book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Great for a baby shower gift!

    I like to buy this for a new (first) baby shower gift. The dads really like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    I think of it as 'My son and I'

    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.

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    Posted June 20, 2009

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