Reviews for Big Brave Daddy

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Each in a series of observations about a little boy (e.g., "Charlie swims in the bathtub") is followed by a flap-revealed illustration of his dad doing something similar ("His daddy swims in deep water"). Charlie's dad looks like a six-year-old version of his toddler-ish son, undermining the elder's authority on the page, but the book earns its unexpectedly moving conclusion.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Pre-K--A simple text is paired with Coh's round-faced, mouse-eared figures to emphasize how little ones idolize their dads. "Meet Charlie. Charlie loves his daddy. Daddy is big and brave." While Charlie swims in the bathtub, sleds down the hill, climbs to the top of the slide, rides his tricycle, or walks down the sidewalk to the corner, he knows that when he grows up he will join his father in finding true adventure. Foldout pages allow young readers to first see Charlie, open the page, and then watch what his Daddy does. He moves with ease swimming through deep water, climbs up and sleds down high mountains, races his bike up hills, and hikes across town. Coh's soothing, brightly colored circles, blocks, and lines form a series of identifiable images of a child's treasured places of fun-the bathtub, playground, street, family home, and snow-covered trees. Oversize font gives children the opportunity to identify letters and words as Charlie and his Daddy plan to "walk the world together."Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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