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PreSchool-Grade 2—A cheerful girl explains that Dad and Pop are different in many ways, but the same in their love for her. Although visual clues lead readers to conclude that Dad is the girl's biological father and that Pop is her stepfather, the text never makes this distinction, giving both men equal treatment. In fact, without the subtitle, the relationships might not be entirely clear. Mom is an incidental character. The daughter proclaims, "To meet them, you'd think Dad and Pop were as different as two fathers could be," and goes on to contrast their physical appearances and hobbies. While the men's favorite activities imply that Dad is a sophisticate and Pop is more earthy, children are unlikely to see much of a schism between indoor versus outdoor cooking or between motorcycling and bicycling. However, this is a minor quibble, since the key is not the men's differences but their underlying sameness. This is a positive and playful portrayal of a blended family. Bright, friendly cartoon illustrations show the happy family members engaged in all kinds of activities. Expressive faces and gentle humor add charm to the pictures. Youngsters with stepparents will appreciate seeing themselves in the story, and all children will enjoy seeing the loving attention heaped upon the protagonist.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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On the first page, the young girl narrating this story announces that she has two fathers. On subsequent pages, the illustrations make it clear that “Dad” is her birth father and “Pop” is her stepfather. She shares some of the ways her two fathers are different (“Pop is bald. Dad is not”) and then some of the ways they are similar (“Dad teaches me to cook. So does Pop”). Pleasant, comforting cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor, acrylic, and pastel show each father separately but happily engaged in fun activities with the daughter, highlighting how the fathers approach even similar activities from quite different perspectives. The narrative ends with the statement, “But in the most important way they are exactly the same—they both love me!” We’re Growing Together, by Candice Ransom (1993), When We Married Gary, by Ann Grossnickle Hines (1996), and Oh, Brother! by Nikki Grimes (2008), are also about blended families, although none have two fathers present. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos