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Kevin and his dad
Smalls, Irene.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown and Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Kevin feels excitement, pride, pleasure, and love as he spends an entire day working and playing with his father.
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PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A simple, graceful text and illustrations infused with warmth and love make this story of a day a boy and his dad spend together a special reading experience. Young boys and their fathers will relish this book that celebrates the ordinary things dads and kids can do together. Full color.

Author Notes

Irene Smalls has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children's author. She has written several books for young readers, including Jonathan and His Mommy, also illustrated by Michael Hays.

Michael Hays has illustrated many picture books, as well as many book jackets for older readers. He has also taught children's book illustration at Columbia College Chicago, and enjoys music and storytelling.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. An African American boy and his father spend a day together at work and at play. In a rhyme that has energy but also a tendency to turn singsongy, the text shows Kevin and his father cleaning the house (this is serious housecleaning, from washing the windows to fixing the faucet) and then going out to play baseball, followed by a movie. Hays illustrates the events with pleasant oil paintings that seem suffused with light. Although neither the text nor the paintings are exceptional, both convey the warmth of a father-son relationship in a way that will attract youngsters. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-While Mom's away one Saturday, Kevin and his dad spend a companionable day together. First, they clean the house, then they have a little batting practice in the park, and, finally, the guys enjoy an action movie followed by a snack and a walk home. The simple language and unobtrusive rhyme of the text is well matched by the soft, realistic illustrations in oils, which show an African-American father and son quietly savoring their time together. Good humor-and a bit of lighthearted silliness that transforms ordinary chores into something special and enjoyable-is shown in such recognizable bits of action as using a feather duster on the nose of their golden retriever, who manages to involve himself in every activity. Soft, sunny tones and large areas of color, applied thinly enough to show the texture of the canvas, convey the action, yet allow readers to focus on the affectionate interaction between father and son rather than only on the tasks being performed. With its easy, rhythmic language and readily recognizable activities, this is a good choice for storytime. And, of course, young dog lovers will follow everything that the golden retriever does.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.