My Dad Is Big and Strong, But...: A Bedtime Story

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Every night it’s the same old thing, with dad refusing to go to bed. He wants to play, read stories, even sleep with me, and when he makes his pleading face, I always give in and read him another story. But that’s it, since enough is enough. When it get’s really tough, I tell myself, "Have courage. We’re almost there."

A boy’s playful account of trying to put his dad to sleep gives children a delightful heads up on what a pain they can be at ...

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Overview

Every night it’s the same old thing, with dad refusing to go to bed. He wants to play, read stories, even sleep with me, and when he makes his pleading face, I always give in and read him another story. But that’s it, since enough is enough. When it get’s really tough, I tell myself, "Have courage. We’re almost there."

A boy’s playful account of trying to put his dad to sleep gives children a delightful heads up on what a pain they can be at bedtime, while affirming the tender bond between father and son.

A joyful, sweet, laughter-inducing book that children will clamor to read again and again!

Coralie Saudo is a children's book author and illustrator with an altogether terrific sense of humor. She has written over twenty books, many of which she has illustrated. In this volume, her high-spirited text is perfectly matched by the high humor of Kris Di Giacomo's illustrations.

Born in Brazil, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator who has lived in France for a long time. After a brief stint in the United States, she moved to France, where teaching English to young children and discovering French picture books were the triggers that led her into illustration. She has illustrated twenty picture books, a few of which she has written as well.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dad swings from the chandelier, begs for another story, and asks to have the light left on in this extended comedy routine about a parent who won’t go to bed, narrated by his reasonable, long-suffering son (“All right, Dad, but I’m not going to run after you. It’s not time for games”). DiGiacomo keeps the mayhem in check with a palette of earth tones and dreamy charcoal outlines, dressing Dad appropriately for bad behavior in dorky plaid wool trousers and a black trilby hat—which he sometimes balances on one foot for variety. A good-humored hound plays sidekick (when Dad lies on the ground, the hound is right beside him, legs and ears splayed out flat), while tongue-in-cheek props—chairs with stick legs, a microscopic telephone—add yet more whimsy. Saudo’s faux adult patter, translated persuasively by Bedrick, is dead on (“We said one story, and we’ve already read two. That’s enough for tonight”). Go the F**k to Sleep tried to convey the difficulty of the bedtime routine for parents; this is more imaginative, and can actually be read aloud to children. Ages 3–8. (May)
From the Publisher

"Inventively illustrated and impossibly adorable, this is a book children will gobble up. And ask for again." -- Pamela Paul, The New York Times Book Review

“Saudo’s faux adult patter, translated persuasively by Bedrick, is dead on (“We said one story, and we’ve already read two. That’s enough for tonight”). Go to F**k to Sleep tried to convey a difficulty of the bedtime routine for parents; this is more imaginative, and can actually be read aloud to children.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Young insomniacs will recognize themselves in the antics of the oversized dad and enjoy poring over the naively drawn details found on every page.” – Kirkus Reviews

"A turning of the tables and charming artwork set this warm and funny bedtime book apart from its kin...A guaranteed bedtime winner." - Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness (March 21, 2012)

"...one of the most charming and engaging picture books to hike down the pike in years. A story that upsets expectations but retains its heart, this is the perfect bedtime fare for any kiddo that rejects the very notion of going to sleep (and who has a sense of humor).

The art itself is just a delight. [...] Finally, from an aesthetic standpoint I couldn’t help but love that the pages of the book itself were thick and sturdy. They make it feel like it’s worthy of holding on to and treasuring.

This book is a true original in the best sense. Consider it your own little secret weapon on the war on bedtime. A find." -- Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8

School Library Journal
PreS-K—It's 9:00 p.m. But when Dad says, "I don't want to go to bed!" his young son tries reasoning with him—It's already quite late. You need to go to sleep in order to be in good shape for tomorrow"—and calming him down with a story, but Dad knows all the tricks to stay up late. He initiates a game of chase, begs for one more story, and leaves his bed to ask a question. Dad's procrastinating makes sense, at last, when it is revealed that he is afraid of the dark. The boy, who has been patient and loving throughout, has a solution that helps his father settle down. Shades of brown predominate in the quirky illustrations, which are a mix of photographs, line drawings, and cartoon sketches. At times, the type reinforces the characters' reversal of roles, with the father's words resembling a child's penmanship, while his son's are set in a bold, three-dimensional font. This picture book will work well as a silly bedtime story.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
This French import by Saudo impresses with its comic take on the now-popular role-reversal of a child trying to get his parent to bed. The wry narrative tone of a smallish but still substantial boy always displayed in profile conveys the exasperation most parents experience. Dad, depicted in a proper hat and tie, declares, "I don't want to go to bed!" And so begins the convincing, debating, distracting and demanding--from both sides. As the tension escalates with stubborn refusals and increasingly silly behavior (dad in a handstand or swinging from the chandelier), the boy turns to "the story trick [that] works every time." Daddy wants another and another, "[b]ut enough is enough!" After a few more negotiations (tucking the fedora-clad Daddy in, firmly telling him he must sleep in his own bed) the recalcitrant oldster finally says, " ‘Good night,'…in a small, faraway voice." Dad may be "big / and strong, / but he's afraid of the dark." DiGiacomo's mixed-media illustrations in a bedtime palette of browns and grays lend an irresistible whimsy to this humorous if less-than-original tale. Young insomniacs will recognize themselves in the antics of the oversized dad and enjoy poring over the naively drawn details found on every page. With far more genuineness than Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, this is sure to be a hit with preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701223
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 695,864
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Coralie Saudo is a children’s book illustrator, who occasionally writes books as well. She has written and illustrated over 20 books and what connects them all is her sense of humor and play.

Born in Brazil of American parents, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator who has lived in France for a long time. After living in the US for a while she moved to France, where teaching English to young children and discovering French picture books were the triggers that led her into illustration. Since 2005, she has illustrated twenty picture books, a few of which she has written as well.

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