My Dad

My Dad


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From the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Medalist

In an endearing homage to dads everywhere, a boy describes — and exaggerates — the many accomplishments and feats of his father. Among the traits praised are his enormous talent for singing, his near-professional wrestling skills, his extreme bravery in the face of danger (he's not even afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!), and his ability to — quite literally, in Anthony Browne's world — eat like a horse. All of the pictures feature the lovable pater in his signature plaid bathrobe, adding a further comfy layer to a book whose ultimate message is "I love my dad. And you know what? HE LOVES ME! (And he always will.)".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374351014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/12/2001
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 385,372
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.79(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: BR (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Anthony Browne is a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. His many children's books include Gorilla and Willy the Champ. He lives in Kent, England.

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"Instant classic" — Financial Times

"A many-layered odyssey" — Observer

"A joy to look at" — Daily Telegraph

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My Dad 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mbberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The author depicted the dad as basically a super hero. Somone who could do anything and he would be ok. I think I really liked it because it depicted the way I felt about my dad when I was little. I thought that he could do anything. I think this is a great tribute to dads everywhere. I loved the illistrations also.
megross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a dad who can do all things in his son's eyes. It talks about all the things that his dad can do and all the things that his dad is. In the end it talks about how he loves his son!
vabrazzolotto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little boy's thinks his dad is great. He compares him to many things such as a strong gorilla. he says he is not afraid of anything, he can win the father's day race, he is as soft as his teddy, etc.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Our friend recently returned from England and presented this book to our son. We all loved the illustrations and text. He brought it to his Kindergarten class and the kids loved it also. His teacher was so impressed with the book she took the information down to purchase a permanent copy for the class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Children often see their fathers as unstoppable heroes. This book makes that case. One of the best ways to inspire a father to become even better in that role is to describe him in heroic ways. Fathers almost never see themselves in a suit of armor. But fathers will gladly wear the plating for a child, and love every moment of it. Mom or grandparents can create a lot of happiness for a father and his children by giving this book to preschoolers. Although the book is aged older by the publisher, I think it will work best for 2-5 year olds. The winning words of the text are made into brilliant images by the illustrations that take the words into a playful world of 'what if.' Fathers will take heart from the way their heroism is portrayed. They get to look like themselves part of the time, in bathrobe and exaggerated smiles. When the book says that they can jump over the moon, the illustration makes it clear that this is an optical illusion helped by having the moon be low on the horizon and the father being close to the viewer. A father also becomes as big as a house (not fat, mind you) by standing very close, again, to the viewer. But there are magical moments, when father is transformed into anthropomorphic animals wearing remnants of his normal attire. These are hilarious. I especially liked the one where dad is 'as happy as a hippopotamus.' The text does have a few places where real accomplishments are needed. 'He can . . . win the father's race on sports day, easily.' 'My dad's a great dancer, and a ballet singer.' 'He's fantastic at soccer . . . .' Fathers, don't be threatened by this! After all, the perspective is that of a preschooler, and you can do great things in all of those dimensions! My favorite part of the book was the end when the child says, 'I love my dad, And you know what? HE LOVE ME! (And he always will.)' This comes accompanied by a beautiful illustration of a father-child hug. Ah. You can make this an even more special Father's Day by including more items in the book that exemplify how your child thinks her or his dad is special. If your child will make some illustrations to go with those examples, you can touch even more heart strings and make the beautiful music of familial love. Then present these drawings inside the book, as a combined gift from Mom or grandparents and the children. 'He's all right, my dad.' Happy Father's Day! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution