Because I'm your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.
In a text that's both playful and loving, a father expresses his hopes and dreams for a one-of-a-kind relationship with his child. Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life and keep the book universal. The book's ending, a moving tribute to the author's father, guarantees intergenerational appeal.
Because I'm your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more . . .
because that's what my dad did for me.
About the Author
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa is the son of late rock musician/composer Frank Zappa and, as he puts it, "My awesome mother, Gail." Because I'm Your Dad is both a tribute to his happy childhood and a promise to his daughter, Halo. Ahmet grew up with a learning disability and now writes books to help children discover how wonderful reading can be. He and his wife, Shana, are currently collaborating on a new book series, Star Darlings. Through his production company, Monsterfoot Productions, Ahmet has developed several television shows and movies, including "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Ahmet, Shana, and Halo live in Los Angeles, California under a rainbow with their three fur goblins Sandwich, Luna, and Figgy. For more information, visit www.ahmetzappa.com.
Dan Santat (www.dantat.com) is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott-winning Beekle, and many other books. For Disney-Hyperion he illustrated Oh, No! and Oh, No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett, and Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, "The Replacements." Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A dad and child monster do all the fun things that a dad does with his kid! From having spaghetti for breakfast to making mud forts, to being there when his kid needs him, this book talks about how cool dads can be. Why I liked this book – This book is AWESOME! I like that it sounds a LOT like my dad! Especially when it shows the kid watching a movie and the dad asleep and the Dad on the pogo stick – that’s totally my Dad! ;) The illustrations are awesome! I like that this book has the dad and kid being monsters because it can be ANYONE (boy, girl, any nationality)! I love the goofy things the dad does with his kid and how he shows he cares. :D This is a great book for father’s day or any day for that matter. My Dad got all excited when he saw Ahmet Zappa wrote this book. He explained to me who Frank Zappa (Ahmet’s Dad) was. It says in the book that Ahmet Zappa wrote the book describing his Dad. :) That’s pretty cool. **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Because I'm Your Dad is a really cute book for young children. Minimally it makes monsters seem fun and harmless. But it also helps children really connect with their dads. As a parent you have certain responsibilities. But that doesn't mean it needs to be all the time without fun. I love the spaghetti for breakfast. When my husband would go away for days on trips I would purposely give my kids an ice cream cone for breakfast - why? Because I could. Memories can be created in some of the simplest ways and as a parent (mom or dad) we have phenomenal power to create them. Every winter we drive to Maine and let our kids go in the ocean. We could go in our own state but it is the full day adventure and all the stops along the way that make it memorable. This book makes it very clear that each little thing creates a lasting memory. I do love this book and feel strongly that the author and illustrator did a fantastic job. I give this book 5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Frank Zappa was one of the best! With many talents: writing - music - poems, etc. His son had to have had a wonderful life with his Dad!! My Grandson is 9 years old, but knows all about Frank Zappa because that's how I brought my Son up, learning all about music, and now he's a Dad to a wonderful boy!! He may be a little old for this book, but i am still getting it because his Dad (my Son) will get as much pleasure out of this as his Son. Thanks Ahmet!
This looks like a really cute book! It sounds just like my dad.. I think I'll get it for Father's Day, the reviews are all really good!