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Title:
My dad, my hero
Author:
Long, Ethan.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A child describes his dad, who may not have super powers, but is still wonderful.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 340 Lexile.
ISBN:
9781402242397
Format :
Book

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A young child starts off this laugh-out-loud picture book by listing all the ways his dad is NOT a superhero: he can't leap tall buildings, run faster than a speeding bullet, or shoot webs out of his wrists.

Each spread illustrates how Dad doesn't have super powers but is still a hero at heart. The sweet ending depicts all the cool-if not super-activities Dad does do with the child, like throwing a baseball, playing checkers andgoing toy shopping.

Ethan Long's spot-on artwork perfectly accompanies this super funny and super sweet story.

Praise for Ethan Long:

"A nicely illustrated tale that speaks volumes about the bond between a dad and his son...a great story that will be perfect as a gift for any dad or son." -The New York Journal of Books


Author Notes

Ethan Long is an author and illustrator whose titles include Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul, The Riot Brothers series by Mary Amato, and his own creations, Stop Kissing Me! and Tickle the Duck! Ethan's work has also appeared on TV: Farm Force won a Nextoons award in 2005 and ZeFronk premiered on Playhouse Disney in 2008.


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Booklist Review

It's a savvy move to compare dads and superheroes both are characters lots of boys are familiar with. In a series of one- and two-page spreads, Long lays out all the things that a little red-haired boy's dad cannot do. He does not have super strength just look at him strain to open that jar of pickles. My dad does not wear a cape under his regular clothes but he is trailing some toilet paper from his shoe. Keeping with the superhero theme, the art makes use of comic-book-style benday dots and furthers the retro appeal by trucking in very traditional displays of dadhood: getting ready for the office, shaving, painting, amateur plumbing, playing catch, and so on. Long knows how to poke just enough fun at Dad without crossing the line into buffoonery; despite his foibles, the boy's father clearly does one thing very well: My dad does spend a lot of time with me. At the end of the day even with the old man passed out on the sofa the little boy knows exactly who his real hero is.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

As a boy lists superpowers that his father lacks, this story's comedy plays out in pop art-style panels that show the man bumbling his way through everyday activities. "He cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound," but instead trips over the block structure his son has built, sending it tumbling. Nor does he have the "super strength" to open a jar of pickles, which his wife does effortlessly. Powered by a Roy Lichtenstein meets Sunday funnies aesthetic and a self-effacing sense of humor, Long's story is sincere without being saccharine-which dads will appreciate. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.