Mighty Dads [NOOK Book]


A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.
Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.
They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.
Inventively told through James Dean's colorful ...
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A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.
Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.
They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.
Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.
A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you!

A 2014 Parents' Choice Award Recommended Picture Book

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Told with James Dean's kid-favorite construction vehicles, Mighty Dads tells a story of hardworking Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, and Forklift fathers, each of whom is ready, willing, and fully powered to protect and teach their kids. An instructive, inventive, interactive picture book that not even adults can fully resist.

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The dads at this construction site teach by example and encourage their youngsters to strive to do their best. For example, there's Excavator Big, who "helps little Vator dig./They go/ scoop,/scoop,/scoop." The patterned text continues in this vein, "Steamroller Brave/shows little Roller how to pave./They go roll,/roll,/ roll." Other father-and-son teams include Bulldozer and Dozy, Boom Truck and Boomer, Cement Mixer and Mixie, Dump Truck and Dumpy, Backhoe and Hoe-Hoe, Grader and Grady, Forklift and Forky. The action verbs and sound effects (crash, bang, boom!) abound as the adults demonstrate how to get jobs done and extol the virtues of being "strong," "steady," and "true-blue," in addition to being "brave" and "wise." The heavy-outlined cartoon artwork depicts the machines prominently profiled and personified on the page with a simply drawn eye in the passenger-side window or windshield (the only white space on most spreads). There is nothing out of the ordinary about the rhyme or the artwork, but the message of "Mighty Dads say,/'I'm proud of you!/ Tomorrow let's build/something new!'" is just the ticket for vehicle-obsessed youngsters who can't get enough of construction play.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
“Like father, like son” holds true even when Dad and Junior are heavy-duty construction equipment. “Dump Truck Sturdy/ teaches Dumpy to get dirty/ They go fill, drive, dump,” writes Holub (Little Red Writing), as Pete the Cat creator Dean shows a hulking blue and red truck create an impressive mountain while his offspring makes an adorable molehill. Like the best 21st-century human dads, the vehicles don’t just show their kids the ropes—they also offer plenty of TLC (“Cement Mixer Busy/ gives a hug if Mixie’s dizzy”) and affirmation (“Forklift Wise/ cheers whenever Forky tries”). Dean’s decision to anthropomorphize the construction equipment solely through a highly stylized, often single, forward-facing eye takes some getting used to—imagine a cross between the Eye of Providence on the dollar bill and a Egyptian hieroglyph. But his construction sign–inspired palette and ability to convey calm, steady affection between parent and progeny quickly outweighs this visual idiosyncrasy, making this a book worthy of any young armchair foreman. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Liza Pulitzer Voges, Eden Street Literary. (May)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Two-page spreads of dad trucks and building equipment show their “children, young and small” how to build things right. Holub’s short, rhyming text with repeating onomatopoetic words will get young children joining their parents as they read the text. The book is appropriately oversize, and there is a great distinction between the big trucks and the small. Brightly colored working trucks are seen at work against clean and bright backgrounds. Young children can easily discern what is pictured. Each truck is identified, and therefore encourages extending the child’s vocabulary. It is also helpful for the adult who may not be familiar with each of these trucks. Simple details, such as an incline, a tool, or a pipe, can lead to discussions between the adult and child who are sharing the book. This is a welcome addition to a father-child storytime, and a good suggestion for Father’s Day. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo; Ages 2 to 4.
Kirkus Reviews
Big-daddy and little-kid trucks of all kinds are busy at work on a construction site. Holub uses rhyme—which is often forced—and repetition to create what is most likely intended to be an over-the-top interactive reading-aloud success. Some phrasing really works: "Excavator Big / helps little Vator dig. / They go scoop, scoop, scoop." Others are not as impressive: "Backhoe Steady / waits for Hoe-Hoe to get ready. / They go trench, trench, trench." Along the way, cranes reach, boom trucks crash, mixers pour and steamrollers pave. Each spread features Dean's (Pete the Cat series) brightly hued vehicles—one huge and one tiny. They are always calmly working together. Each wears the exact same heavy-lidded expression, except when the day is done and it looks as though all the trucks are sleeping. Clearly a Dean trademark, this nevertheless comes across as a missed opportunity to visually engage readers and add some energy. Shouldn't these dad-and-child pairs look like they're having a good time together? Sure to enjoy commercial success thanks to the marquee talent, this effort will result in more disappointment than enjoyment. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545612913
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Joan Holub

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children's books. With Suzanne Williams she is the author of the popular Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. She lives in Raleigh, N.C. and can be found at www.joanholub.com.
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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    In this colorful and bright picture book, we see big ¿Daddy¿ tru

    In this colorful and bright picture book, we see big “Daddy” trucks and little “child” trucks as they work together to build a city. The story is told using rhyme, and though the meter doesn’t always read smoothly, the text flows overall. Each truck makes its own sound or completes an action, such as the bulldozers that “roar, roar, roar” or the dump trucks that “fill, drive, dump.” It can be a little confusing for the reader since the sentences start with “They go…” which to me implies it is a sound they are making, but “roll,” “dump,” or “lift” are not sounds. I think it would have been better to stick to sounds for consistency in the book and not throw in actions as well, but maybe I am being picky. After we have watched all the trucks work, we see the Mighty Dads say they are proud of their little ones, a positive message to send to any child.

    My two-year-old son, who loves trucks and construction equipment, really enjoys this book because of the variety of vehicles pictured. He wants to know what each one is called. He points to the Daddy and child trucks on each page, so he is also learning “big” and “little.” Mighty Dads is a great read-aloud for parents with truck-obsessed children.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    There isn't an author/illustrator combination that I've been

    There isn't an author/illustrator combination that I've been this excited to see in a long time. Joan Holub is a wonderful children's author, and of course, James Dean is nothing short of amazing. His illustrations are perfect for children's books. Big, bold chunks of color give life to his wobbly, carefree drawings. I think kids like his art so much because it almost looks like something they could create. I love his artwork. It's simple and uncomplicated, yet it's vibrant and full of a unique personality that's distinctly James Dean.

    The writing is so also simple, with the same concept repeated on most pages. The words work with the art really well and young kids will like the repeating rhythm. It's written in rhyme, which is wonderful when it's done right (and this book is). There are just a few lines on each page and the book moves along at a nice pace so kids won't get squirmy. It's a very sweet book about dads and the importance of a father in a child's life.

    This is a great addition to the small (but growing!) number of books about amazing dads.

    Source: The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    My four-year-old grandson saw this when I was browsing the website. I ordered it for him and he was absolutely thrilled!

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