Oh, Daddy!


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

Oh, Daddy!

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $9.54   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...


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

Oh, Daddy!

Read More Show Less

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)
“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)
Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 17, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)