Daddies Do It Differentby Alan Lawrence Sitomer, Abby Carter
Daddy sure doesn't do things the way Mommy does! Just in time for Father's Day, this hilarious picture book takes a high-spirited look at the way dads put their own spin on different parts of a child's life--from going to a birthday party to bathtime. Alan Sitomer's debut picture book is inspired by his own experiences as a father and winningly complemented with delightful art by Abby Carter.
A young girl shares the daily activities of her family, contrasting the way mommies handle various chores to the way "daddies do it." When Mommy dresses her, the girl says, "My blouse is clean, my shoes have style, and my socks always match my shirt." With Daddy, "Stripes collide with plaids, my barrettes are crazy crooked, and sometimes my head pops through the shirtsleeve!" At bath time, Daddy, the dog, and the whole bathroom get just as wet as the girl, and Daddy encourages rambunctious play and tickling to the point of "crazy-hyper-nuts!" Finally, at bedtime, Mommy gently tucks the girl in, and Daddy does it "the exact same way." Children may enjoy reading about this dad's antics; others may find his behavior annoying. However, both the narrator and her mom relish the chaos. Lightly colored cartoon watercolors are a good match to the text. Two books with a similar feel are Jamie Lee Curtis' My Mommy Hung the Moon (2010) and Kate Banks' That's Papa's Way (2009). - Randall Enos—Booklist
K-Gr 2 In Sitomer's exploration of the differences between the ways in which mothers and fathers relate to their children and care for their needs, mothers are conscientious caregivers who dress their offspring in perfectly matching outfits, cook nutritious food, shop with a careful eye on family finances, and provide calming bedtime rituals. Fathers, on the other hand, build forts with breakfast waffles, put bananas in their ears in the supermarket, can't find the car keys, and engage in bedtime shenanigans guaranteed to make kids "crazy-hyper-nuts." Carter's large watercolor cartoon paintings reinforce the humorous text and vividly illustrate the differences between the two parents. Mom's breakfast table is neatly set with important food groups in evidence; Dad's has cereal spilling onto the floor, flowing milk and syrup, open drawers, and a cup perched precariously on the table edge. Mom provides bath-tub toys and careful teeth brushing; Dad covers the bathroom floor and himself in bubbles and water. While Sitomer is surely writing tongue-in-cheek, his stereotypical picture of mothers who are incapable of a bit of playful fun and fathers who are merely irresponsible clowns does a disservice to both parents. Stay with Laura Numeroff's What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (S & S, 1998), which provides a more balanced view of parents and their little ones. Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT—SLJ
Alan Lawrence Sitomer, illus. by Abby Carter. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4231-3315-5 A girl with flyaway curls describes her mother and father's different parenting styles. Breakfast with Mommy is civilized, but with Daddy, they make a fort from waffles. Carter's energetic drawings capture the fun-spirited bedlam that ensues when Daddy's in charge. Though Sitomer includes some gender stereotypes ("When Mommy gets her nails done, I sometimes get mine painted, too") and sets up a bit of a "fun dad, boring mom" dichotomy, it's clear that while mom and dad are different, they are equally beloved. Ages 3 7.—PW
- Disney Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker and was California's Teacher of the Year in 2007. He is also the author of multiple works for young readers, including Nerd Girls, the Hoopster trilogy, The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez, Cinder-Smella, and The Alan Sitomer BookJam. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Abby Carter has illustrated many books for children, including My Hippie Grandmother by Reeve Lindbergh, The Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah, and the Andy Shane chapter book series by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Abby lives with her husband and two children in Connecticut.
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