Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklySpinelli (When Mama Comes Home Tonight) and debut artist Iwai inventively turn the tables in this winning bedtime book about a girl whose father works while she sleeps at night. Both art and text set a joyful opening scene, as the child's day winds down and her father gears up for work; a painting shows the man swinging his daughter up in the air in a yolk-colored kitchen, then settling in to read to her and her teddy bear. Together they look out the window onto the urban street below--shaded by the fading winter light but still bustling with activity--before he tucks her in. The girl then steals to the window to watch her father wait at the bus stop below. With a narrative as quietly poetic as a snowfall ("He doesn't know I watch him go/ into the cold, the dark, the snow"), the story has a powerful cumulative effect. The artwork continues to build the relationship between father and daughter, even during the hours the two are separated: the quilt on the girl's bed extends across the book's gutter to form the checkered floor that her father sweeps while she slumbers. In the morning, her father returns in time for her to read him a story and tuck him in, and, in a final poignant vignette, Iwai shows the father's view from the window as he gazes down on his daughter, strolling down the sidewalk with her mother. Ages 4-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's LiteratureThis touching tribute that reveals the special bond between a little girl and her daddy will be welcome by most parents but especially by those dads for whom the night shift is the norm. At the end of the day a little girl and her daddy share a snack, a bedtime story, and a special kiss good night as he tucks her in for the night. Little does the dad realize that two little eyes follow him down the dark, cold street to the bus stop. While his daughter sleeps, he cleans offices. In the morning, daddy and daughter share pancakes, a story, and a kiss as she tucks him in bed before going out to play. Told in gentle verse with accompanying illustrations painted with the dark tones of night and winter, this loving story is perfect for bedtime sharing. 2000, Hyperion, Ages 4 to 7, $14.99. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-In a lovely rhythmic text, a little girl describes her routine with her father as evening comes: "Night shift Daddy swings me high,/shares his milk and apple pie,/rocks me in the rocking chair,/reads to me and Teddy Bear." Then he goes off to work as his daughter watches from the window. In the morning just the reverse happens: the little girl and her daddy eat breakfast together and then "I lead him to the rocking chair,/then read to him and Teddy Bear," after which she tucks him into bed before going out to play. The soft, dark, jewel-toned illustrations evoke feelings of coziness, underlined by the pet cat pictured on almost every spread. The love between the two protagonists is beautifully conveyed, by both words and pictures, making this a perfect bedtime read-aloud, especially for families in which an adult works the night shift. A unique and special treat.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsIn lyrical rhyming verse, Spinelli (When Mama Comes Home, 1998) has captured the affectionate ritual of a father and young daughter as they prepare for bedtime. In this tender and moving picture book, Daddy reads a goodnight story to his daughter as they cuddle together in the rocking chair. Later, Daddy tucks in his sleepy child with kisses on the nose, asking, "How cozy are those toes?" As Daddy leaves for his nightshift job, he is unaware that his daughter is seeing him safely off from her darkened bedroom window. She drifts into slumber happily imagining her father at work. As the sun rises and Daddy returns home, we see a charming reversal of last night's routine as the little girl tucks her father under the covers and fluffs his pillow before going out to play. In this cozy lapread each fullpage illustration is exquisitely rendered in deep, rich tones sure to invoke sweet dreams. (Picture book. 47)
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This book looks at the relationship of a father who works the nightshift and his daughter. This is truly a special book that celebrates the important relationship between father and child, despite extraneous circumstances. Great for children 3 to 8 years.