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My dad
Browne, Anthony.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A child describes the many wonderful things about "my dad, " who can jump over the moon, swim like a fish, and be as warm as toast.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 47514.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 24950.
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PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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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.)".

Author Notes

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.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. This time Browne offers a child's paean to his dad, with excellent little-boy images and metaphors. Dad appears in striped blue pajamas, maroon slippers, and a brown plaid bathrobe of unsurpassed ugliness. Clad in this apparel, he can "walk on a tightrope" (the clothesline), "eat like a horse" (a horse in Dad's bathrobe sits before an enormous plate of food) and is "a brilliant singer" (Dad, in his usual outfit, stands next to Domingo and Pavarotti caricatures who look rather annoyed). Dad is great at soccer and wise as an owl, and he isn't afraid of anything: he sends the Big Bad Wolf slinking out the door with a gesture. Best of all, of course, the kid knows "HE LOVES ME! (And he always will)." Even the endpapers and Dad's toast are decked out in bathrobe plaid, and the offhand affection is genuinely moving as well as funny. A lighthearted companion to In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall (1997), illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, and Shelley Rotner's Lots of Dads (1997). --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

My Dad by Anthony Browne now appears in a paper-over-board miniature edition. Of the original, PW said, "With well-measured doses of hyperbole, sentiment and humor, Browne delivers an endearing paean to patriarchs." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.