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My Dad
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Anthony Browne is universally recognized as one of the finest creators of children's books of his generation. He has written and illustrated over 30 books for children, and has been awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal (twice) and the Kurt Maschler Award (three times) for his exceptional work. Some of his titles include "Gorilla," "Zoo," "Voices in the Park," the "Willy" books, "Changes" and "King Kong."

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With well-measured doses of hyperbole, sentiment and humor, Browne (Voices in the Park) delivers an endearing paean to patriarchs. "He's all right, my dad," begins the young narrator, pictured only in the final painting, receiving a giant hug from the object of his affection. Each page celebrates a specific quality or accomplishment of Dad, illustrated with characteristically witty panache. Accompanying the proclamation that "My dad isn't afraid of ANYTHING, even the Big Bad Wolf," is a picture of the fellow showing an overall-clad wolf the door, as Red Riding Hood and three pigs peer out from behind a tree in the background; in another, the boy thinks his dad ranks as one of the three tenors ("a brilliant singer," Dad is flanked by Pavarotti and Domingo). Some of Browne's playful imagery is obvious: the plaid pattern of Dad's bathrobe appears on a piece of toast popping out of the toaster, and he assumes the likeness of a variety of animals as the child announces that "My dad can eat like a horse," "swim like a fish," etc. Yet sometimes the artist creates some slyer graphic pranks. A childlike drawing of a sun that hangs on the wall on the opening page, for example, later appears in a smaller dimension as a button on Dad's pajamas. And as the father bounces a soccer ball on his knee, trees in the distance are shaped like balls used in various sports. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Instant classic" -- Financial Times

"A many-layered odyssey" -- Observer

"A joy to look at" -- Daily Telegraph


"From the Hardcover edition."
" Instant classic" -- Financial Times
" A many-layered odyssey" -- Observer
" A joy to look at" -- Daily Telegraph

"From the Hardcover edition."


"Instant classic" -- Financial Times
"A many-layered odyssey" -- Observer
"A joy to look at" -- Daily Telegraph

"From the Hardcover edition."

PreS-Gr 2-As a small child catalogs his father's admirable traits, full-page chalk-and-gouache illustrations humorously portray a pajama-and-bathrobe-clad, round-faced man masterfully demonstrating each accolade. He is brave, resourceful, strong, happy, fast, big, soft, and wise. He dances, sings, plays soccer, and makes faces. He eats like a horse, and swims like a fish. This simple tribute closes with "I love my dad. And you know what? He loves me! (And he always will)." Browne has a winner here. The clever pictures have true child appeal. Single lines of text with lots of white space narrate the softly colored, energetic illustrations. Dad's brown-plaid bathrobe pattern is repeated in unusual items throughout (plaid toast, plaid fish, a plaid teddy), and his heroics are laughably tender, particularly when he sends the Big Bad Wolf out the door. A great tribute to fathers everywhere and a fine inspiration for children to create a "my dad" list of their own.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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