What Dads Can't Do

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There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can't.
Dads can't cross the street without holding hands.
They can push, but can't swing.
When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.
Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime.
It's a wonder...

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There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can't.
Dads can't cross the street without holding hands.
They can push, but can't swing.
When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.
Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime.
It's a wonder they make it through life at all!

Describes how dads show love by explaining all the things that they cannot do, such as sleeping late, keeping their ties clean, and reading books by themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an intergenerational tribute to matriarchs, What Grandmas Can't Do by Douglas Wood, illus. by Doug Cushman, joyfully enumerates all of the activities that require the help of a grandchild: baking "your favorite cookies," for instance, or telling stories (Grandmas "need a really good listener"). The first two books in this popular series are now available in mini-editions: What Moms Can't Do and What Dads Can't Do. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The love between father and son is the theme in this book, but it is presented with a touch of irony and lots of humor. The youngster is a little green reptile and Dad is a big green reptile and the son begins with a litany of things that Dads can't do. For example, they can't cross the street without holding hands, when they play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they can't seem to find you. Cushman's pictures are totally in sync with the text and really bring out all of the humor. The ending is an affirmation of a dad's caring--"No matter how tired a dad gets, or how hard life gets, a dad never quits. And most of all, whatever happens a dad never ever stops loving you." 2000, Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 8, $14.00. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A little green dinosaur gives examples of the "things that regular people can do but dads can't," such as cross the street without holding hands, read a book by themselves, or play hide-and-seek without always getting found. This amusing picture book will tickle youngsters' funny bones and make every parent and child smile with recognition. The simple, large-print text consists of one sentence per page. The negative litany is of course a reflection of the efforts of loving fathers to make their sons feel good about themselves. "Dads like to go camping, but they need lots of help setting up the tent. And cooking. Dads like to go fishing, but they don't like to go alone. And they need extra practice baiting the hook." Cushman's large, delightful, pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons are reminiscent of the characters in The ABC Mystery (HarperCollins, 1996), and they capture perfectly the father-and-son interactions of this appealing reptilian pair. "And most of all, whatever happens, a dad never ever stops loving you." Whether read one-on-one or in a group, this story is sure to generate smiles all around. A great choice for Father's Day programs.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Cushman (The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze, 1999, etc.) gives this sugary recitation of paternal imperatives an unusual slant by portraying child and dad as a single-parent family, but that's about all it has going for it. With breezy assurance the young narrator lists all of Dad's faults: he "can't cross the street without holding hands," can push a swing but not sit in one; loses at checkers and cards; needs "help" shaving, cooking, and reading; likes to give baths but can't help getting splashed, and so forth. The child, who, like his ingenuous-looking father, is portrayed as a green, iguana-like creature with hair and human clothing, finishes on a heavily reassuring note: Dad "never quits" (children of divorced or separated parents will certainly buy that) and "never ever stops loving you." Compared to the more natural give and take of Virginia Miller's George and Bartholomew stories (Be Gentle!, 1997, etc.), the father/son relationship here leaves no room for individuality, and comes across more as wishful thinking than any sort of achievable model. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689826207
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 391,490
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Wood is the author of When a Dad Says “I Love You,” When a Grandpa Says “I Love You, The Secret of Saying Thanks, and A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can’t Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. Additional titles include No One But You, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed The World, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Where the Sunrise Begins, illustrated by K.Wendy Popp. Douglas lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, he shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.

Doug Cushman is best known for his illustrations in the Can't Do series. He created the lovable dinosaur characters you see in this series. He simply can't wait for the next Can't Do book, called What Grandmas Can't Do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2001

    great present for Dad!!!!!!

    This is an adorable , touching book about all that Dads do for their children .... makes a wonderful gift idea for dads of all ages!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    Admiring Eyes on a Helping Hand!

    What Dads Can't Do is written from a preschooler's admiring perspective of a dad's helpful habits. Any father will be delighted to think that perhaps some of that self-sacrifice is perceived in positive ways by the tykester set. This book would make a wonderful gift from a preschooler to her or his father for Father's Day. The humorous, warm watercolors of Stegosaurus-type dinosaurs make the messages tickle your laughter button even more than would usually occur with these dry one-liners. 'There are lots of things/ that regular people can do/ but dads can't.' ' . . . can't cross the street without holding hands.' 'Dads can push, but they can't swing.' 'Dads can't pitch a baseball very hard or hit one very far.' 'When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.' 'They aren't very good wrestlers.' 'Dads lose at checkers/ and cards/ and almost every other game.' 'Dads aren't good at sleeping late. They can't comb their hair or shave by themselves.' 'Dads like to go camping but they need lots of help setting up the tent.' 'And cooking.' As you can see, the manly virtues being praised here are inclusiveness and helpfulness. When dad operates like mom, then he 'can't' do something . . . but that's really all right. My favorites in the book include: 'Dads seem to have trouble holding on to their money.' This is combined with an illustration of a dad buying a child a toy in a store. 'Dads like to go fishing, but they don't like to go alone. And they need extra practice baiting the hook.' 'Dads can't read a book by themselves.' 'Sometimes they leave a night-light on because they're a little scared of the dark.' 'And most of all, whatever happens, a dad never ever stops loving you.' The book is written in such a way that this book can be seen as being about a dad who's married to a wonderful mom, one who's divorced and whose children are visiting, or to a single dad who's raising children by himself. I liked that feature very much. The book is also appealing because it will make a dad feel good whenever he does one of these things. He knows that his son or daughter will appreciate his consideration from having read this book. So having this book available in your house is a little bit like making every day Father's Day! After you finish the book, dad, you can develop even more closeness by asking your wee ones what else dad can't do. I'm sure they'll come up with some dillies to amuse one and all. Find more ways to help . . . because you never stand higher in the world's estimation than when you stoop to aid another. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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