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My Daddy
Paradis, Susan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A young boy marvels at the things his daddy can do including cross the street alone, run outside without a coat, stay up way past midnight, and wander in the deepest woods.
Reading Level:
670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 67714.
Format :


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Newstead Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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The bond between a boy and his father is profound. My Daddy explores it from the point of view of the child, depicting in simple words and deeply moving pictures the wealth of feelings evoked by everyday events like Daddy going to work, jogging, mowing the lawn, and telling a bedtime story. In a perfect union of words and pictures, My Daddy celebrates this complex and wonderful relationship.

Author Notes

Susan Paradis , a former high school art teacher, spends most of her time in her studio drawing and painting. She also enjoys traveling where she can explore new places and museums with far-flung friends and family, especially her eldest son who lives in Europe. When at home in northeastern Massachusetts, Susan takes a daily five mile walk along the Merrimac River, frequents the gym, and plays with her seven grandchildren. They are, she says, "her favorite source of inspiration".

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. This lovely picture book celebrates the relationship between father and son. From a little boy's point of view, it's a "jungle" out there--a world filled with dangers and the unknown, a world that the boy sees as populated by wild animals, and his father's actions and bravery are something to marvel at. The father confidently and fearlessly performs what to the young boy are amazing feats: crossing the street, riding a two-wheeler bicycle, finding his way home after work, reading a bedtime story, which charms and tames even the wild animals to sleep. Everyday endeavors are actions that fill the boy with admiration and instill in him feelings of trust and security. With his father at his side, the young boy can do anything--he, too, is fearless, secure in his father's love and trusting in his father's many capabilities. Very charmingly written and illustrated, the book shows that "superdads" are in the eyes of the beholder, a fine reminder that even the most mundane daily chores and experiences can set a fine example for younger ones. The fantastic and fantastical art combines a little boy's perspective and imagination with familiar objects and situations in lush, gorgeous pictures that are stories in themselves about the importance of trust, love, support, and learning to be brave and believe in oneself. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this cleverly conceived picture book, everyday events in a father's routine take on a larger-than-life significance, thanks to a son's fertile imagination. As the boy proudly recounts his father's many feats (e.g., mowing the grass, going for a jog, even sneezing), the illustrations make it clear that where the reader sees a garden-variety, bespectacled dad, the boy sees a hero. "My daddy can cross the street alone," boasts the boy, for example, as the briefcase-toting papa steps into what seems to be an ordinary city night. On closer look, however, the dramatic embellishments of the boy's fantasies become visibleÄa tiger prowls, an elephant lurks around the corner, a monkey clings to a lamppost. Paradis (Brass Button) combines spare text with thoughtful artwork to simulate the lens of a child's love and admiration. Realistic portraits use saturated color and dappled light, and the page design adds a further dimensionÄthrough most of the scenes, the boy plays spectator, placed at the bottom or to one side of each black-bordered portrait, and watching with readers. In the end, when the father returns home to greet his son with a hug, the boy finally steps into the action himself. A peek at his bedroom reveals the inspiration behind his daydreams: it overflows with stuffed jungle toys. This firmly grounded book offers playful insights into the importance of a father's role in a child's life. Ages 2-6. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this endearing picture book, a young boy expounds on the virtues of his father. The child, who looks to be around three or four years old, finds the heroic in everything the man does from crossing the street to mowing the lawn to riding "a big two-wheeler." The simple text is centered on the left side of each two-page spread, and a full-page painting, bordered in black, appears on the right. Each illustration features various jungle animals, possibly envisioned by the boy to assure himself that his father's feats are definitely something great. The border creates a framing effect, making it look as though the child is viewing his father in action on a big-screen television set. The border is eliminated at the end of the book when the man picks up his son, spins him around, and throws him into the air. All dads will love to share this story with their children. The large, colorful paintings and brief text make it conducive to reading aloud during storytime. Give mom some praise too by pairing it with Laura Numeroff's What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (S & S, 1998).-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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