My Daddy and Me

My Daddy and Me

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by Jerry Spinelli, Seymour Chwast

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I can’t wait for my daddy to come home from work. There are so many things to do!

In a loving tribute to fathers and sons, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli and New Yorker artist Seymour Chwast join talents to celebrate the very best moment of the day: when daddy comes home.


I can’t wait for my daddy to come home from work. There are so many things to do!

In a loving tribute to fathers and sons, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli and New Yorker artist Seymour Chwast join talents to celebrate the very best moment of the day: when daddy comes home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"I can't wait for my daddy to come home from work. There are so many things to do!" begins Spinelli's (Stargirl) pleasing enumeration of all the father-son possibilities to be explored between father's return and bedtime. Chwast (Ode to Humpty Dumpty) here departs from his usual fine black line and evenly applied saturated colors in favor of thick brushstrokes that convey the playfulness of the text. In the opening shot, readers view a forlorn cream-colored puppy with floppy brown ears and markings around the eyes sitting patiently by the window, holding a red truck. But once united with Daddy (who looks like a giant-sized version of his offspring), the canine narrator grows exuberant. " `Hey!' [Daddy] calls to [neighbor] Mrs. Jones/ `Who's this cowpoke riding me?' " Only the pup's hind paws hold onto his father's neck as he raises his front paws in the air like a cheerleader. In other spreads, father lets son get behind the wheel to drive to Kalamazoo ("right there in the driveway"), wrestle on the rug and bake gingerbread cookies. The scenarios may not be new, but the warmth emanating from parent and child is comfortingly universal. In Spinelli's soothing closing scene, father serenades son ("Never, ever is my daddy too tired to sing me a lullaby when it's time for bed") and Chwast gets all the details right: the pup is tucked in, the moon shows outside the window, and a glass of water sits on the nightstand (next to a lamp with a cat-patterned shade). Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
In this joyful celebration of a father-son relationship, dogs instead of human characters wrestle, bake, dance, piggyback, do magic, fix things, and more. Dad has seemingly endless energy and patience. Even when he does tire out by the end of the day, he is not too sleepy to sing a lullaby. Using dogs instead of people adds a playful touch; actually the word dog is not used in the text. Large images, broad brush strokes, and colorful backgrounds help bring the simple text directly alive to the young reader. There is no mention of mom, so this works for any family make-up. Illustrations are large enough to use with a group, but it also is a perfect lap-sit story celebrating all that dads bring to a relationship.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Spinelli's first picture book tells a simple, warm story of the activities shared between a canine and his offspring. The tale opens with the pup anxiously awaiting his father's return from work and anticipating all the things they'll do together. When Daddy arrives, briefcase in hand and newspaper under arm, he swings his son onto his shoulders, and then lets him pretend to drive the car to Kalamazoo, right there in the driveway. The two wrestle on the living room floor, make cookies, plant tomatoes, and work around the house. And at the end of the day, no matter how worn out Daddy is, he's never too tired to sing the youngster a lullaby. This father is just about as close to perfect as a child could imagine. The childlike art and the bright palette make the yard and house seem quite homey, with squares, stripes, and checkerboard motifs on furnishings and walls lending textural detail to the large paintings. An appealing read-aloud.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Renowned novelist Spinelli (Loser, 2002, etc.) offers a healthy dose of hero worship in his picture-book debut. From the moment he comes home from work, briefcase in hand, this Dad is ready to spend quality time with the young narrator, whether it means jumping into the parked car together for a pretend trip to Kalamazoo, playing hide and seek, wrestling on the floor, or making gingerbread men in the kitchen. Cook, barber, gardener, clown, mentor, and cheerleader; in his child's eyes, Dad does it all-and, to judge from Chwast's (Harry, I Need You!, not reviewed, etc.) simple, thickly brushed, all-canine domestic scenes, is a single parent to boot. Despite occasional narrative jumps that the pictures don't bridge-"When we go for a walk, we don't just walk-we do fancy dance steps. You'd think my dad had twenty kids!"-the intensity and directness of feeling will strike a chord in young readers or pre-readers who feel the same about their own fathers, or who are put off by the ambiguity in Douglas Wood's What Dads Can't Do (2000). (Picture book. 5-7)

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Random House Children's Books
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10.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jerry Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; Wringer, winner of a Newbery Honor Award, Stargirl, An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults; Loser; Crash; and Knots in My Yo-yo String, his autobiography.

Seymour Chwast is a renowned graphic artist and illustrator, cofounder of the Pushpin Studios, and a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame.

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My Daddy and Me 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book even though its a childrens book it doesnt matter it reminds me of when I was little and my dad read it to me it was always my first choose in the book shelf jerry did a great job writing this!it deserves 5 stars !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yall are idiots
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ooooooooohhhhhhhh. Whos that cutie on the cover.