Sometimes daddies are silly.
Sometimes they forget things.
Sometimes they are embarrassing.
But there’s nothing better than your daddy.
A hilarious picture book about daddies.
For everyone ages 4 and up.
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 12.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 Years|
About the Author
Guido Van Genechten (1957, Belgium) studied drawing and painting, graphics and photography. Afterwards he worked for many years in the graphic industry. Now Guido works as a fulltime illustrator of children’s books. In 1998 he won the international Illustrator’s Award City of Hasselt with his picture book Ricky. This prize was the beginning of his international career as a children’s book illustrator. Since that moment, Guido Van Genechten has created many best-selling stories and received several awards. In 2007 he was the winner of the Reader’s Digest Award for Best Children’s Book Illustrator. And in the past ten years his books were published in 30 countries around the world.
The idea for this story came to me almost seven years ago. I even started working on some of the artwork. In the first version, the main characters were people, with a girl who had reddish blond hair, just like her father. The dog was already in it too. But I was never really happy with the result. Somehow, something felt off, though back then, I had no idea what it was. So I decided to put the idea – slightly disappointed – in the draw of stories-that-still-need-a-little-time-to-grow, with all the other fun first drafts.
I often thought about the little girl and her dad. But I never came up with a solution. Until one afternoon, about six month ago, I was just drawing a bit. Without a deadline or story, I was just sketching. A rhino appeared on my paper, and another one, and then a few more. And then suddenly, there he was; the dad I needed. Picasso once said “I don’t seek, I find!” That’s how I found my dad, without actively looking for him.
Now everything came together, the characters came to life. Dad put on a cycle shirt over his horn, jumped on his racing bike and rode straight into my story. Sometimes you just have to wait a while, confidently, open to the craziest ideas.