It's bedtime, which means it's a perfect time for a boy to ask his father one of the most important questions of all: "Daddy, if I got taken by pirates, would you save me?" "Of course, Son," the man assures him, which only encourages the boy to spin out increasingly more elaborate perils. They culminate in the child's abduction by "robot gorilla pirates from Mars," who have a nefarious plan to shoot him into space. However, Daddy, who may look mild-mannered, nonetheless possesses the guts and ingenuity worthy of Indiana Jones, and can take whatever his offspring's imagination dishes out. Rex (Truck Duck) depicts each of the vignettes with bold, vivacious cartooning, and youngsters should get a kick out of watching the pirates mutate from skuzzy buccaneers into something resembling lizard-like androids. And after father and son's mutual whimsies conjure up a decisive defeat of the villains�thus proving the irrefutable truth of the title�it's time for the boy to prove he's a chip off the old block by offering some impressive assurances of his own (hint: they involve proffering bandages and kissing boo-boos). Good, goofy fun, and an ultimately heartwarming homage to the father-son bond. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
You Can Do Anything, Daddyby Michael Rex
If your dad is willing to save you from pirates, gorilla pirates, robot gorilla pirates and even robot gorilla pirates from Mars, you know he’ll do anything for you. And if that makes your dad hungry and thirsty or if he gets cuts and bruises, you know just how to take care of him right back. An adventurous tale of the heroic lengths fathers and sons will go
If your dad is willing to save you from pirates, gorilla pirates, robot gorilla pirates and even robot gorilla pirates from Mars, you know he’ll do anything for you. And if that makes your dad hungry and thirsty or if he gets cuts and bruises, you know just how to take care of him right back. An adventurous tale of the heroic lengths fathers and sons will go for each other that will elicit gasps, giggles and warm contented sighs.
A bedtime conversation turns into a tall tale as a boy tests his father's devotion with a series of death-defying imaginary deeds. It all begins when he asks, "Daddy, if I got taken by pirates, would you save me?" His father would, of course. He would also swim through shark-infested waters, brave a jungle full of tigers, and even save his son from the robot gorilla Martian pirates that the original pirates later become. In the end, the boy gives his tired and bedraggled dad a drink of juice and patches up his imaginary battle wounds, adding a touching new dimension to an old formula. Like a macho version of Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), this book employs exaggeration and humor to explore the perennial picture-book theme of parental love. It breaks new ground, however, by depicting both sides of the parent-child relationship. The irresistible cartoon illustrations are full of sly details, like the two eye patches on the three-eyed robot gorilla Martian pirate. Rex has created a surefire bedtime hit for children (and parents) of either gender.
Rachael VilmarCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 8.88(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Michael Rex lives in the Bronx, New York.
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My brother works with Mike Rex (Author) in NYC and I have many of his books. My son Caden (3 1/2 yrs old) loves to read all of the books we have from Mike. Not only is the story good reading but the animation is wonderful to top it off. I highly recomend all of the books Mike Rex has put out.