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K-Gr 1-Zappa presents a daddy monster who tickles, plays games, plans fun-filled excursions, and offers spaghetti for breakfast and ice cream in the tub. He evinces a generally goofy persona that allows for plenty of mud and burping along with cuddles and care. Young children will probably giggle and warm up to the monster dad, who appears more silly than scary in Santat's exuberant illustrations. However, there isn't much story line beyond the list of pledges that the grown-up makes to his child, based, as he explains in the end, on the parenting he himself received. And while the family depicted seems recognizable, it is familiar in a stereotypical TV sitcom kind of way. Purchase if there is a need for additional tributes to dads.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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K-Gr 1 Zappa presents a daddy monster who tickles, plays games, plans fun-filled excursions, and offers spaghetti for breakfast and ice cream in the tub. He evinces a generally goofy persona that allows for plenty of mud and burping along with cuddles and care. Young children will probably giggle and warm up to the monster dad, who appears more silly than scary in Santat's exuberant illustrations. However, there isn't much story line beyond the list of pledges that the grown-up makes to his child, based, as he explains in the end, on the parenting he himself received. And while the family depicted seems recognizable, it is familiar in a stereotypical TV sitcom kind of way. Purchase if there is a need for additional tributes to dads. Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT—SLJ

A rowdy catalogue of Dad moments gets enacted by a creature who resembles a green '60s-era Nauga monster and his purple (gender-neutral) offspring, in this picture book from the son of the late Frank Zappa (and a father himself). It quickly becomes clear that this dad is all about noise, mischief, and good times: "Because I'm your dad, I'm going to teach you how to burp like a champion," writes Zappa as parent and child deliver toothy, wide-mouthed belches; other escapades include rocky road ice cream baths, rocking out on drums, missing school for trips to New York City and Australia, and "sometimes stay[ing] up late with me to watch TV." Throughout, Zappa and Santat maintain an entertaining balance between sweet and goofy, protective and raucous. Ages 1 5.—PW

Unabashed sentimentality dominates the text in this loving promise from a father to his child. What saves this title from being just a syrupy pronouncement are the characters. Santat has good fun creating scenes for two hairy, horned monsters, the dad pickle green and the child a pleasing purple. The somewhat cuddly pair is comically shown participating in their less-than-ordinary activities like "having spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub." They play with robots, listen to really loud music, burp like champions and miss school to visit New York to share a hot dog. Readers will smile at the low-key humor in the pictures. The page stating, "Because I'm your dad, you can sometimes stay up late with me to watch TV" depicts the father asleep while the child sits on the sofa terrified by what is on the screen. Warm moments abound, as when little monster is rolled up by her father in a blanket like a burrito or when the dad checks the closet and under the bed for monsters. Zappa wrote this story for his daughter, and it overflows with genuine fatherly affection that he would like to pass on, since his father (avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa) did the same for him. Funny though the illustrations are and loving though the text is, the book falls short due to lack of nuance. (Picture book. 2-5)—Kirkus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 3.3.2013 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142314774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423147749
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By aRB on July 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I figured my problem with this book was important enough to share...

I bought this book for my husband for father's day hoping he'd have fun bonding with our son while reading it aloud. I adored the story and the pictures, but I almost chose not to give it to him based on the last two pages, which say "I'll do all these things and more...because that's what my dad did for me." Sadly, not all good dads grew up with good dads.

My husband's dad was absent, at best, and abusive when he was around. It's a sore subject, and in retrospect I should have returned it despite it's wonderful story and message on the other pages. I chose to give it to him anyway, and I saw how awkward it was for him to read that last page. I'm now considering cutting that page out, or covering it up with "because I love you so much."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Stuff of Success on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Because I'm Your Dad is a really cute book for young children. Minimally it makes monsters seem fun and harmless. But it also helps children really connect with their dads. As a parent you have certain responsibilities. But that doesn't mean it needs to be all the time without fun. I love the spaghetti for breakfast. When my husband would go away for days on trips I would purposely give my kids an ice cream cone for breakfast - why? Because I could. Memories can be created in some of the simplest ways and as a parent (mom or dad) we have phenomenal power to create them. Every winter we drive to Maine and let our kids go in the ocean. We could go in our own state but it is the full day adventure and all the stops along the way that make it memorable. This book makes it very clear that each little thing creates a lasting memory. I do love this book and feel strongly that the author and illustrator did a fantastic job. I give this book 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esluka on April 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have a done a few great Children's Book Reviews with my son and I choose to review books because of their own, unique message or quality. If you are looking for the most awesome, radical, silly and playful "DAD" book, then this is it! This book would make a great Father's Day Gift.
My son loved the crazy fun these two have. Especially the page that reads
"...because I'm you Dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French Toast for Dinner and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub." He was giggling at that and ran the book out to show me that page! He was thoroughly entertained and so were we. This was a hit and a book we have been reading over and over since it came under a week ago!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joe gazzam on April 11, 2013
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Just look at the cover. Finally a book for us dads. My kid loved the pics inside. Big, bright, fun. Story fun to follow. 5-stars. Awesome.
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Like I said above the book is worth it.
Even if you don't have a great dad as a role model. Just change it, to for example : 'BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT A GOOD DAD IS SUPPOSED TO DO.'

The book is really worth it, the illustrations are beautiful and funny. The lyrics are engaging and give great fun ideas.
The colors are bright and the Monsters look very sweet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Bentley on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book at a school book fair & bought it for my grandson. It was SO beautifully written and so tender. I couldn't get it off my mind when I returned home that I got on Amazon & ordered one for me to. It's precious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mole on June 26, 2013
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Fun and short book with beautiful illustrations about the fun things a dad and his child will do together. I got this for a to-be dad and it was perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Williams on July 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This may be pedantic to be bothered by the ending of this book, but I was. Overall it's great, but the book ends with "Because I'm your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more... because that's what my dad did for me." I do fun stuff for my kids because I love them; it has nothing to do with my father. So I wrote "Because I love you so much!" on a bit of paper and taped it over the text.
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