Small children will be positively delighted.
—The New York Times
Once again, Patricelli successfully channels a preschooler’s nimble imagination. The book’s playful design, featuring hand-lettered text and richly colored cartoonlike acrylics, speaks directly to its young audience. Slow down and share this one with your little speedsters.
—The Horn Book
The boldly colored, uncluttered pictures with minimal backgrounds are perfect for preschoolers, and the repetitive text is tailor-made for the very young. An absolute delight.
—School Library Journal
Nervous moms may want to avert their gaze; out-of-shape dads may need reinforcements. Small children will be positively delighted.
The New York Times Book Review
A family of four, plus dog, are together at the park on a beautiful day. Mom, with Baby strapped to her front, disappears after the first spread, and Patricelli turns our attention to Dad and daughter. The young girl is on Dad's back as he happily consents to be ridden around. "Faster! Faster!" she cries on each page. Though this is the only text for most of the story each spread creatively tells a new story in their game. At first they are Dad and Daughter but Dad transforms after each page turn; from puppy to bunny to ostrich, each animal faster than the last. Pony and cheetah and eagle are next. A big splash sends the two down into the ocean where Dad becomes dolphin and then...a sea turtle? "Faster? Faster?" asks Daughter, confused. Her ride has run out of gas. Sea turtle morphs back into a tuckered out Dad laying flat on the ground. This pair of adventurers are done, for now. No matter what animal Dad is imagined to be, he is always wearing the same purple tie, effective for holding onto under high speeds but also helpful for recognition purposes. Patricelli also hints at what the next animal will be, often by casually having that animal, or part of it, visible on the preceding page. The illustrations are the clear, colorful, textured, and playful art that Patricelli is known for. An energetic and imaginative picture book for the pre-K crowd. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
PreS—In the spirit of Higher! Higher! (Candlewick, 2009), Patricelli takes children on a wild ride. The little girl is done with the swings and now wants her daddy to give her a ride on his back. On each page she demands that he go faster and faster. Her imagination turns him into a puppy, rabbit, ostrich, horse, cheetah, falcon, and dolphin until finally he turns into an exhausted turtle. The colorful illustrations capture the child's exuberance and sheer joy as she rides each creature on land, sea, or air, and then surprise as the turtle collapses. Each spread shows the totally exhausted animal left in her wake and gives a clue as to what unsuspecting animal will be her next ride. The boldly colored, uncluttered pictures with minimal backgrounds are perfect for preschoolers, and the repetitive text is tailor-made for the very young. An absolute delight.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
The exuberant duo from Higher! Higher! (2009) is back in Patricelli's latest, this time imagining all the animals dad could be as his daughter rides on his back. While her younger brother gets pushed on a swing in the background (yelling, "Higher, higher!" of course), the lively girl demands a ride of her dad. Climbing on his back and taking his necktie in her hands like reins, she demands that he go "Faster! Faster!" until suddenly it is no longer her father she is riding. He becomes first a dog, then a rabbit, an ostrich, a horse, a cheetah, a hawk, a dolphin and a sea turtle—all of which sport Dad's purple polka-dot tie. Each spread gives a glimpse of the next animal Dad will become, as well as a look back at the exhausted animal he was on the previous page. Motion streaks and clouds of dust give readers clues as to just how fast Dad is… until, as a sea turtle, he finally runs out of steam, and the picture changes back to a young girl atop her tired and sprawled-out father. She gently reassures him, "You're fast, Daddy!" as they head off for (one hopes) further imaginative play. Patricelli's acrylics combine bright colors with minimalist details to capture the joy of the young girl and the closeness of their father-daughter bond. Another imaginative delight…what will this duo dream up next? (Picture book. 3-7)