Oh, Daddy!

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Daddies . . . They can be funny and lovable and really, really silly.

Oh, Daddy!

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Overview

Daddies . . . They can be funny and lovable and really, really silly.

Oh, Daddy!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“I don't know what my daddy would do without me,” admits a little blue hippo. When his father, wearing oven mitts on his hands and underwear on his head, asks, “Is this how you get dressed?” the child exclaims, “Oh, Daddy!” and demonstrates how to put on practical clothes. When his father squeezes through the car window, the child teaches him to use the door. Shea pictures the stocky, tumbling hippos with kidney-bean heads and sets them in simple, sunny digital collages. His amiable pair accomplishes necessary tasks and goof around, too—busy parents will want to try this formula of patience plus humor. Ages 3-6. (May)
Booklist
“This stylistically simple and undeniably hip book is sure to captivate the under-five set.”
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A young hippopotamus tells how he is so clever that he shows his father how to do various simple things. The comical illustrations work with the story by inferring some additional information. The text tells part of the story and the illustrations reveal more of the situation. In the first situation, the father asks his son's opinion about the way he is dressed, which prompts the son to show his father how to get dressed. The illustration reveals that the son is not dressed and is busy watching the television. So when the father asks about how to dress, he is wearing an outrageous outfit. The father's attire will probably draw out laughter and giggles because the father has on a pair of underpants on his head, a bucket on one foot, and a potted plant on his head. There are different situations when the father checks with his son about how to do a certain activity to which his son quickly demonstrates what to do. The antics of this father and son relationship draw to a warm close with the young hippo showing his father how to give big hugs. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this humorous paean to fatherhood, a rounded, Raschka-esque hippo explains that he is so smart that he shows his dad how to do things. Shea goes through a series of scenarios in which the father gets his son to do what he wants by pretending he doesn't know how to do it correctly. When the youngster claims to be "busy getting dressed," the pictures show him watching TV in his underwear. The father proceeds to mix up his clothing and asks, "Is this how you get dressed?" prompting the child to respond, "Oh, Daddy! This is how you get dressed!" And so it goes, ending with the boy showing his father how to give big hugs. The concise text captures the child's voice perfectly, and the well-placed page-turns effectively set up what comical thing the adult has done to prompt each "Oh, Daddy!" The mixed-media illustrations incorporate collage elements into a spare, cartoonlike world depicting thickly outlined blue hippos with dot eyes and expressive faces. The gentle humor evident in the contrasts between text and pictures, as well as the scenes of the father doing things outrageously wrong, will keep kids entertained. This will work equally well in storytimes or one-on-one. Buy it for Father's Day and put it out all year as an antidote to the cloyingly sweet parent-child books glutting the market.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Thank goodness this hippo dad has his smart son to help him out! "[W]hen we're late to Grandma's, he asks... // ‘Is this how you get in the car?' / ‘Come on, daddy!' // ‘This is how you get in the car.' See? Easy peasy, mac and cheesy!" Shea's illustrations, however, tell a slightly different story. Dad anxiously looks at his watch, while son chases a butterfly. His absurd contortions as he tries to squeeze through the car window instantly draw his son, whose demonstration of the proper car-entering methodology ensures that they get to Grandma's right on time. Scenario after scenario, the son saves his dad from his incompetence, right up to a final lesson in hugging. The blue hippos play out this drama against a Modernist, mixed-media backdrop with pleasing simplicity. A breath of fresh air. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061730801
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 748,075
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Shea

Bob Shea is the author of Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. He is also the author and illustrator of I'm a Shark; Oh, Daddy!; Race You to Bed; New Socks; and the wildly popular Dinosaur vs. series. Bob lives in Connecticut with his family. He can eat way more pie than Cheetah.

Bob Shea is the author of Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. He is also the author and illustrator of I'm a Shark; Oh, Daddy!; Race You to Bed; New Socks; and the wildly popular Dinosaur vs. series. Bob lives in Connecticut with his family. He can eat way more pie than Cheetah.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Perfectly Silly for Father's Day

    This lesson in reverse psychology disguised as a funny picture book empowers a little hippo to think he's helping his daffy daddy learn how to do very simple tasks like getting dressed (Dad is shown with his underwear on his head and his foot in a bucket) and getting going (Dad tries to get into the car by going through the passenger side window for the trip to grandma's house.) Shea's bold artwork is vivid with minimal backgrounds, keeping the focus on the loving, playful relationship between Mr. Hippo (with his kidney bean-shaped head) and his helpful (if occasionally distracted) toddler. This would work as a read-aloud in which the child reads his own part (mostly "Oh, Daddy!") but might also inspire some creative thinking on the part of both parent and child on getting mundane things done in the zaniest way possible. Like one of my favorite picture books of all time, William Steig's Pete's A Pizza, this is a book that could be used to establish a new dynamic between a parent and child.

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