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Title:
What dads can't do
Author:
Wood, Douglas, 1951-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Summary:
Describes how dads show love by explaining all the things that they cannot do, such as sleeping late, keeping their ties clean, and reading books by themselves.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 43237.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 22624 Guided reading level: H.
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ISBN:
9780689826207
Format :
Book

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Summary

There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can't.
Dads can't cross the street without holding hands.
They can push, but can't swing.
When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.
Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime.
It's a wonder they make it through life at all!


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Wood's (Old Turtle) refreshing, spontaneous tale spotlights the rapport between a patient, apparently single father and his all-knowing child. The child narrator, like his dad a green dino in human clothing, shares his insights into the things "that regular people can do but dads can't." Perceptive kids will see that this father is both safety-conscious and one very good sportDand most well-loved kids will nod in recognition as they read how dads "can't cross the street without holding hands" and "can't pitch a baseball very hard or hit one very far." Cushman's (the Aunt Eater mysteries) equally wry watercolor and pen-and-ink art cagily picks up where the narrative leaves off: he illustrates the statement "Dads aren't good at sleeping late" with an image of the youngster pulling the covers off his father while the bedside clock reads 5:05; the father is shown purchasing a toy robot as his son accuses dads of having "trouble holding onto their money"; and at bedtime, the child fearfully pulls his blanket up to his eyes as he notes that dads "like to check under the bed for monsters." This tongue-in-cheek tale ends on a forgivably sugary note: "Most of all, whatever happens, a dad never stops loving you." Just the right blend of sassiness and sentiment. Ages 3-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A little green dinosaur gives examples of the "things that regular people can do but dads can't," such as cross the street without holding hands, read a book by themselves, or play hide-and-seek without always getting found. This amusing picture book will tickle youngsters' funny bones and make every parent and child smile with recognition. The simple, large-print text consists of one sentence per page. The negative litany is of course a reflection of the efforts of loving fathers to make their sons feel good about themselves. "Dads like to go camping, but they need lots of help setting up the tent. And cooking. Dads like to go fishing, but they don't like to go alone. And they need extra practice baiting the hook." Cushman's large, delightful, pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons are reminiscent of the characters in The ABC Mystery (HarperCollins, 1996), and they capture perfectly the father-and-son interactions of this appealing reptilian pair. "And most of all, whatever happens, a dad never ever stops loving you." Whether read one-on-one or in a group, this story is sure to generate smiles all around. A great choice for Father's Day programs.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.