My Daddy

My Daddy

by Susan Paradis, Handprint
     
 

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A boy and his father explore their bond from the child's point of view. Everyday events such as Daddy going to work, jogging, mowing the lawn and telling a bedtime story are depicted using simple words and deeply moving artwork. In a perfect union of words and colorful pictures, the storyline celebrates this complex and wonderful relationship.  See more details below

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A boy and his father explore their bond from the child's point of view. Everyday events such as Daddy going to work, jogging, mowing the lawn and telling a bedtime story are depicted using simple words and deeply moving artwork. In a perfect union of words and colorful pictures, the storyline celebrates this complex and wonderful relationship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this cleverly conceived picture book, everyday events in a father's routine take on a larger-than-life significance, thanks to a son's fertile imagination. As the boy proudly recounts his father's many feats (e.g., mowing the grass, going for a jog, even sneezing), the illustrations make it clear that where the reader sees a garden-variety, bespectacled dad, the boy sees a hero. "My daddy can cross the street alone," boasts the boy, for example, as the briefcase-toting papa steps into what seems to be an ordinary city night. On closer look, however, the dramatic embellishments of the boy's fantasies become visiblea tiger prowls, an elephant lurks around the corner, a monkey clings to a lamppost. Paradis (Brass Button) combines spare text with thoughtful artwork to simulate the lens of a child's love and admiration. Realistic portraits use saturated color and dappled light, and the page design adds a further dimensionthrough most of the scenes, the boy plays spectator, placed at the bottom or to one side of each black-bordered portrait, and watching with readers. In the end, when the father returns home to greet his son with a hug, the boy finally steps into the action himself. A peek at his bedroom reveals the inspiration behind his daydreams: it overflows with stuffed jungle toys. This firmly grounded book offers playful insights into the importance of a father's role in a child's life. Ages 2-6. (June)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
When kids are young, Daddies are heroes in their eyes. This picture book presents a young boy's feelings about his dad in vibrant paintings. Dad is shown diving into the powerful ocean waves, bravely mowing the lawn, and standing so tall that his finger seems to touch the moon. The young boy sees his hero in pictures that are somewhat fanciful. Elephants graze while dad cuts the grass and giraffes are dwarfed when dad stands tall under a moonlit sky. The joy of being with dad is revealed in the closing pages.
Kirkus Reviews
Paradis uses a young boy's narration to convey his awe and adulation of his father, a perspective echoed in the illustrations. The boy watches as his father engages in activities heroic to young eyes: "My daddy can cross the street alone. He runs outside without a coat. He is brave enough to mow the lawn and ride a big two-wheeler." To enhance the notion of the father's fearlessness, and to evoke the power of imagination at work, Paradis salts her lush paintings with great, incongruous beasts—for example, elephants in the lawn—to which the man pays absolutely no heed. The effect is remote, for the boy appears to be watching his father through a huge picture window, or on a large TV screen framed in black; he is closer to readers than the father is, extending the feeling of remoteness. Preventing the father from remaining a great man at a distance are the last few scenes; as father and son hug and play, the black frame disappears from full-bleed illustrations, and awe is replaced by affection. Poignant and stimulating. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910300
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Paradis has taught art for over 20 years and has written and illustrated several books for children. She lives in Merrimac, MA.

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