Reviews for My Dad!

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
In the rhymed story, a little bear wants to be just like his dad when he gets big. Some dads join you when you jump in a puddle, and other adventures such as swimming and camping are highlights. Burping and tooting are part of the experience, too. Cheerful illustrations depict father and cub engaged in activities from morning till bedtime.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #2
This gently humorous look at the ways fathers are special is sure to appeal to the preschool set. Smallman uses rhyming couplets to list the wonderful things dads do: "Some dads just love to snuggle and cuddle. / Some dads join in when you jump in a puddle!" As the sing-song text covers such activities as riding a bike, building sandcastles and holding hands, Julian's painterly mix of mostly full-bleed double-page spreads and vignettes features a furry father bear and cub. The scenes where daddy bear toots in the water--with the resulting bubbles alarming the fish--and when the cub lets out "a big burp" will guarantee giggles. Yet on occasion dads may encounter some trouble: "Some dads get upset and start grumbling and stamping, / Just because they're kind of hopeless at camping!" But all is well in the end as the narrator decides, "Nobody's dad is like mine--and I'm glad. / When I'm big I want to be just like my dad!" The visuals allow young readers to enjoy spotting other animal father-child pairs, be they seagulls, snails, rabbits, crabs, porcupines or bats. A safe bet for storytimes, the large format also creates an instant intimacy that parents and children can curl up with. Sweet but not saccharine, this title covers the usual territory in a simple tribute to dads. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 April #4

In this cheery tribute to fathers, a honey-colored bear cub and its father enjoy activities like bike riding, building sand castles, and acting silly together: "Some dads drink soda/ and give you a slurp,/ And then laugh out loud/ when you do a big burp!" Dads might not always be perfect ("Some dads get upset/ and start grumbling/ and stamping"), but the cub loves its father for who he is. Julian's fluffy, smiling bears in spring-lit outdoor scenes should charm toddlers. Ages 3-7. (June)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 July

PreS-Gr 1--This heartwarming tribute features a faithful father bear and his devoted cub. Rhyming couplets apprise readers of the wonderful things dads can do: "Some dads build magical castles of sand,/or make you feel safe just by holding your hand." Children will be amused by the coarser traits mentioned, including dad's "toot" and cub's loud burp. Large, colorful, engaging illustrations show father and child pairs engaged in all manner of fun activities, such as jumping in a puddle, fishing, and reading. Perfect for a father-child read or Father's Day storytimes.--Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL

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