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"How To Surprise Dad" by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish
From the team behind the best-sellers "How to Babysit a Grandpa" and "How to Babysit a Grandma" comes an adorable, funny, surprising celebration of dads!
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Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown's illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.
Another fantastic addition to our Calef Brown library. My 4yo son is a major fan of Mr. Brown's art and poetry and this book did not disappoint. Although there are no poems, per se, he loves all the questions this book raises. Each page begins with a question filled with double entendres and alliterations and rhymes and leaves the complexity of answering them to you. And if the content goes over your younger ones head, never fear: the art is a feast for the imagination. Don't hesitate to illuminate your child's mind with this tongue twisting, mind-bending edition from one of the most creative children's authors today!
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I was captivated almost from the beginning of this simultaneously witty and silly book, although it goes somewhat over the heads of my almost-three and almost-five-year-olds. It is a verbal playground which plays with both the sounds and the meanings of words. My daughters find it intriguing and they enjoy the sounds of the poetry, but I have to explain a lot for them to fully understand it, by which time much of the impact is lost.
I'm sure you've received emails with a collection of one-liners to ponder, such as "Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?" This book contains a number of such lines, although appropriate for children. In fact, I've seen one line from the book in those emails: "If I'm too tired, am I a bike?" But there are plenty of lines that I haven't seen before such as, "Do clouds get jealous during storms and steal each other's thunder?"
I like how this book interweaves playing with meaning and playing with sounds. "If mud in a puddle makes it muddled, / do kiddie pools become piddled?" Many of the questions and word plays rhyme, and there are also several places where the author slips in some almost-rhymes with a wink and a grin: "Just for the sake of argument, / suppose I became an Argonaut. / Would I say "Arrgh" a lot, like a pirate? / WOULD THEY REQUIRE IT?
As delightful and whimiscal as I find the text, however, I'm not as enraptured by the illusions. The pictures are bright, colorful and basically engaging, but the quality looks like something I could do. People/faces are especially simplistic, as if drawn by an eight-year-old.Read more ›
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