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Title:
My dad thinks he's funny
Author:
Germein, Katrina.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.

©2010
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
Summary:
Features a long-suffering boy's eye-rolling observations of his father's bombastic and often corny sense of humor, which is comprised of groan-out-loud puns and wisecracking rejoinders.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 158245.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780763665227
Format :
Book

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Summary

The ideal gift book for anyone whose dad makes them laugh -- or roll their eyes.

When his son says "I'm hungry," Dad says, "Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you." Before slicing a cake for dessert, Dad announces, "There's my piece. What's everybody else having?" Tell Dad your foot hurts? "No problem. You've got another." How is he feeling? "With my hands." So when nothing's up but the sky, or when jumping in the shower sounds dangerous, it may be a good time to share this book with someone who doesn't need sugar because, well, they're sweet enough already.


Author Notes

Katrina Germein is an award-winning picture-book author from Australia. When she's not writing, she loves swimming in the ocean with her three children.

Tom Jellett is an illustrator whose work has appeared in several books, as well as in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph (Australia). He lives in Australia.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ah, dad jokes, those so-bad-they're-funny mainstays of fatherly humor. Here is a look from a little boy who begins each page turn with the statement, My dad thinks he's funny. Is Dad funny? Not if you've heard these groaners a hundred times before, which you have. Example: Whenever I say, I'm hungry,' Dad says, Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you.' But the sheer repetition of these eye-rollers produces a cumulative effect of amusement and, more to the point, tenderness. Though the boy's expression is usually neutral, clearly the two are fond of each other, and Dad just wouldn't be Dad without his wisecracks. There is quite a bit of repetition in the text, but that is mostly ameliorated by Jellett's mixed-media illustrations, which paste our two characters into a series of unique backdrops, from cardboard to graph paper to construction paper, all of it colored and accessorized page by page to keep things off-kilter. A snicker-inducing read-aloud, especially with Mom.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Australian author Germein pokes good-natured fun at the kind of father who always has a corny quip or pun at the ready-much to the chagrin of his son (Jellett provides a four-step diagram of how to perform "the eye roll"). "My dad thinks he's funny," says the boy, who shares his spiky ginger hair with his progenitor. "When I tell Dad my foot hurts, he says, 'No problem. You've got another.' " And it's not just on the home front: "When people say, 'How are you feeling?' Dad says, 'With my hands.' When people say, 'Would you like sugar?' Dad says, 'I'm sweet enough.' " Jellett's mixed-media art includes cut-paper shapes and rough outlines, creating a fresh, extemporaneous style. Readers whose fathers are founts of one-liners will groan with recognition-and dads who don't have a joke for every occasion will find plenty of ammunition. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Any child whose father responds to questions or requests with a silly quip will identify with this young narrator. Repeating the refrain "My dad thinks he's funny," the boy gives abundant examples. "When I say, 'Dad, I don't know how,' he says, 'I know How. He's What's brother.'" "And when I tell Dad I think there's something in my eye, he says, 'Yeah, an eyeball.'" And he's not the only one who is the butt of dad's jokes. The boy tells readers, "When people say, 'Would you like sugar?' Dad says, 'I'm sweet enough,'" and when Mom says, "I'm just going to jump in the shower,' Dad says, 'That sounds dangerous.'" Many of the illustrations, rendered in mixed media, include childlike outline drawings and are filled with visual jokes as well. One shows a greatly enlarged dad viewed from below intent on making "a special announcement," and his son racing to leave the room "before it really starts to smell." Another depicts a toilet in the center of a maze accompanying dad's "Don't get lost!" in response to his son's statement, "I'm going to the bathroom." If the jokes get too corny for them, readers can always perfect the eye roll, shown here in four easy steps. A fun book for kids and parents to share and groan over together.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.