Reviews for Because I'm Your Dad

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
This book offers a series of standard father-to-child promises (e.g., "Because I'm your dad...I'll go to all your soccer games, even when they're far away"). The fact that the book's principals are monsters does nothing for the story's meaning, but it makes for some amusing illustrations (a giant-monster dad in a sea of humans cheers at a soccer game).

Kirkus Reviews 2013 April #1
Unabashed sentimentality dominates the text in this loving promise from a father to his child. What saves this title from being just a syrupy pronouncement are the characters. Santat has good fun creating scenes for two hairy, horned monsters, the dad pickle green and the child a pleasing purple. The somewhat cuddly pair is comically shown participating in their less-than-ordinary activities like "having spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub." They play with robots, listen to really loud music, burp like champions and miss school to visit New York to share a hot dog. Readers will smile at the low-key humor in the pictures. The page stating, "Because I'm your dad, you can sometimes stay up late with me to watch TV" depicts the father asleep while the child sits on the sofa terrified by what is on the screen. Warm moments abound, as when little monster is rolled up by her father in a blanket like a burrito or when the dad checks the closet and under the bed for monsters. Zappa wrote this story for his daughter, and it overflows with genuine fatherly affection that he would like to pass on, since his father (avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa) did the same for him. Funny though the illustrations are and loving though the text is, the book falls short due to lack of nuance. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 March

K-Gr 1--Zappa presents a daddy monster who tickles, plays games, plans fun-filled excursions, and offers spaghetti for breakfast and ice cream in the tub. He evinces a generally goofy persona that allows for plenty of mud and burping along with cuddles and care. Young children will probably giggle and warm up to the monster dad, who appears more silly than scary in Santat's exuberant illustrations. However, there isn't much story line beyond the list of pledges that the grown-up makes to his child, based, as he explains in the end, on the parenting he himself received. And while the family depicted seems recognizable, it is familiar in a stereotypical TV sitcom kind of way. Purchase if there is a need for additional tributes to dads.--Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

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