When Dads Don't Grow Up

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An endearing celebration of dads who are young at heart

Just in time for Father's Day, this playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap and watching cartoons and taking part in shoppingcart races. These are dads who aren't worried about looking goofy or getting their hair wet - dads who still remember what it's like to be little. Don't be fooled. They may look like grown-ups on the...

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Overview

An endearing celebration of dads who are young at heart

Just in time for Father's Day, this playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap and watching cartoons and taking part in shoppingcart races. These are dads who aren't worried about looking goofy or getting their hair wet - dads who still remember what it's like to be little. Don't be fooled. They may look like grown-ups on the outside, But underneath they're just like you . . . Kids!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s a lucky kid, writes Parker, who has a father who never grew up. These fathers understand how to have fun with their kids because they “remember what it’s like to be little.” They know that “pancakes weren’t meant to be round,” they “aren’t worried about looking goofy,” and “they love to mix up the words in bedtime stories.” Alley fills his watercolors—which range from spot art to full spreads—with humorous details: one father throws a rock in a fountain, splashing a nearby woman, and another crashes a shopping cart into a shelf of cans. Parker lovingly portrays playful, imaginative, and inventive fathers who bring joie de vivre to parenting. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carollyne Hutter
This book celebrates fun, silly, and young-at-heart dads. They may look like adults on the outside, but these dads are just kids. The book follows four father-child pairs. It opens with the four dads by themselves and showing how some dads just never grow up. Then the book shows the dads with their children as they spend happy, silly times together, reading comics, searching for monsters in closets, telling bedtime stories, and racing shopping carts in supermarkets. These are all weather dads—they play outside in sunshine, rain, or snow. These dads don't care if their clothes match, or their hair gets wet—just as long as they have fun. The illustrations are created in full color and they bring to life the entertaining tone of the book. The illustrations are full of actions that children will relate to. This is a great book for reading aloud with young children and discussing the topics and pictures. It can be used at home or school. It is a lovely book for Father's Day.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Dads who remember what it's like to be a child know "that milk tastes better through a straw…that bubble wrap is for popping," and that "they love to mix up the words in bedtime stories." In this tribute to fun-loving fathers, Parker lists their many attributes—including an ability to appreciate the unexpected. Detailed cartoons in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil reflect scenes that have plenty of appeal for children and adults alike. The large font and simple text point out the loving understanding that translates into a close relationship between child and parent. The most important word in the book and these dads' lives is highlighted in the largest font as the only text on a spread: "KIDS!" This title also shows different careers that fathers can have: florist, doctor, businessman, or construction worker. It creates easily identifiable images of parents and their children building memories. A surefire hit.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Here is an unabashed celebration of dads who enthusiastically embrace their inner children. The results are endearing, sometimes embarrassing but most often hilarious. Parker invites readers to witness the following silly behavior: "When dads don't grow up / they understand that shopping carts are for racing… / that clothes don't have to match… / and that pancakes weren't meant to be round." Alley uses pen and ink, watercolors and colored pencil to show an abundance of humorous details in a series of vignettes that greatly extend the text. A stern grocery-store manager glares at dad and daughter sitting in the wreckage of their shopping-cart race; a professorial dad lectures in a mad combination of stripes, argyle and plaid. Preschoolers will see themselves and, one hopes, their fathers in the madcap situations that populate this title. Whether finding fun in popping bubble wrap, throwing stones in water, playing sports indoors or "getting their hair wet (if they still have any)," the four ethnically and occupationally diverse dads--a florist, a doctor, a businessman and a construction worker--obviously relish these experiences as much as their children do. An ideal choice for sharing with preschoolers and anyone else who has a soft spot for lovable but goofy dads. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803737174
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 173,011
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Parker lives in Denver, Colorado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Great book for dads and their "little ones." Wonderfu

    Great book for dads and their "little ones." Wonderful bedtime story or Father's Day Gift!! My kids enjoy reading this book with dad! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Silly and Sweet

    This is a charming book and must-have for anyone with a dad. I gave this to my husband as part of his first Father's Day gift and we love reading it to our son at night.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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