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Saturday with Daddy


A young elephant and his Daddy spend Saturday running errands, sipping lemonade, and having a cookout. The charming art and simple story make this a perfect summertime book for fathers and their preschoolers.

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A young elephant and his Daddy spend Saturday running errands, sipping lemonade, and having a cookout. The charming art and simple story make this a perfect summertime book for fathers and their preschoolers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A cheerful blue elephant and his father—they look as though they are made out of chunky, glossy plastic—spend a special Saturday together. The child carefully and excitedly documents each activity: “We buy marshmallows and hot dogs and a great big bag of charcoal. We’re going to have a cookout!” After assembling the grill and cooking lunch, marshmallow roasting and a game of Frisbee follow (“I try to catch it but mostly I miss”), and then it’s naptime in a nearby hammock. Working in oil and painting in a bright, summery palette, Andreasen makes the two elephant characters the focus of every scene, emphasizing the significance of creating childhood memories with a loved one—even if it’s as simple as planning a special meal. Ages 3–7. Agent: Shannon Associates. (May)
From the Publisher
"Straightforward, matter-of-fact sentences and oil illustrations effectively capture the family’s day. Youngsters will enjoy snuggling up with their dads to share this one." — School Library Journal

"Adorable." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Treasure Bath:

“Andreasen’s bright illustrations pop from the page and do a great job of telling the story.” —School Library Journal

Praise for The Baker’s Dozen:

“The star here is the oil paint on gessoed illustration board art, done in charming retro style.” —School Library Journal

Praise for Firebears:

“The illustrations . . . have a retro, naïve ’50s look and add a light touch to the seriousness of the firefighters’ duties.” —School Library Journal


Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A baby blue elephant scampers into its parent's room on Saturday morning, declaring "Rise and shine!" in anticipation of spending a fun day with its dad. The elephant proceeds to go through its Saturday while helping Dad prepare for a barbecue. The two trek to town to shop for barbeque fixings—marshmallows, hot dogs, charcoal, and a grill. Then they head home to put together the grill in step-by-step fashion. Soon they don matching aprons and cook their fare. With Mom's addition of deviled eggs, salad, and juice they sit down to a wonderful outside lunch and follow up by roasting marshmallows. Games and a nap in the hammock with Dad make for a perfect Saturday. Simple, attractive illustrations compliment the book. The sturdy book has library binding with thick pages that are easy for young hands. Preschoolers and young elementary students will be able to relate to the simple, delightful read-aloud tale of a fun-filled day with a parent. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A little blue elephant and his dad spend Saturday morning running errands and preparing for a barbecue. They shop, assemble a grill, and cook together in their matching aprons. After lunch, they play in the yard, and then nap on a hammock. The mother makes several appearances throughout the day, but this title is a celebration of time spent with Daddy. Straightforward, matter-of-fact sentences and oil illustrations effectively capture the family's day. Youngsters will enjoy snuggling up with their dads to share this one.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This slice-of-life tale about a bright blue anthropomorphized elephant family is pleasant but fails to excite. Saturday is the day that a perky young pachyderm spends with his dad. Clear but pedestrian language recounts each activity the two engage in throughout the day: "After breakfast we get dressed. Then Daddy and I hop in the car and head to Mr. Patel's market. / We sing along to our favorite songs on the radio." They get the supplies for a cookout, work together to build a grill, enjoy a meal in the backyard--even after spilling some lemonade--toss a Frisbee and finally "pile into the big hammock" for a nap. While Andreasen's illustrations are cheery and vibrant, the text rarely succeeds in conveying the quiet joys father and child have as they go about their suburban activities. Preschoolers will enjoy seeing the young elephant helping out and participating in some fun on every page--the pair is adorable in their matching orange aprons--but although well-intentioned, this title remains flat and forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805086874
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 542,813
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Andreasen has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including The Treasure Bath, A Baker’s Dozen, and Firebears: The Rescue Team. Dan lives in Medina, Ohio, with his family.

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