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Daddy Goes to Work Hardcover – May 10, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 1–In a rhyming text, an African-American girl tells about spending the day with her father at his office. After she and Daddy ride the subway together, the youngster meets his coworkers, helps him write memos, and holds the posters for a presentation. At midday, they head outside for a bite to eat and a walk through the park. At five o'clock, it's time to call Mom and tell her they are on their way home. Unfortunately, many of the rhymes sound forced, the rhythm is sometimes awkward, and the word choices don't always ring true for the narrator's age. The double-page watercolor illustrations effectively depict the child and her parents, as well as scenes of the city and Daddy's workplace. Boyd portrays the multiethnic cast nicely for the most part, but falls down in his rendering of some of the background characters, who look unfinished, and a laptop that has too many overly raised keys to appear even remotely realistic. While this picture book may fulfill a need in some collections, the uneven writing and artwork prevent it from being more than a marginal purchase.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. In rhyming couplets, a young African American girl describes a day at the office with her dad. After Mom helps her dress and Dad serves breakfast, father and daughter ride the train to a large office building, where the girl assists with memos and meetings and eats lunch from a hotdog stand. The lines sometimes feel forced ("Daddy's chair is noisy. / I hear its squeaky wheels / While he talks on the phone / About contracts and deals"), and, though many kids won't care, Dad's generic office job isn't defined. Still, there are few stories about Take Your Child to Work Day, particularly ones that depict an African American family. Asim's words emphasize the warmth between father and daughter: "You were great today," says Daddy. Boyd's vivid, contemporary watercolors reinforce the family's closeness and the exciting bustle of city and office, and domestic details (decorative masks) celebrate the family's African American heritage. Suggest Kate Banks' The Night Worker (2000) for another child's view of a parent's job. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316735752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316735759
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,675,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JABARI ASIM is the acclaimed author of What Obama Means . . . For Our Politics, Our Culture, Our Future as well as the author of the highly praised and controversial The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, And Why.

He is the editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He spent 11 years at the Washington Post, where he served as deputy editor of the book review section. For three years he also wrote a syndicated column on political and social issues for the Post.

In April 2009, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded him a fellowship in nonfiction, one of 180 fellowships awarded to artists, scientists and scholars in 2009 selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

He is a frequent public speaker and commentator who has appeared on "The Today Show," "The Colbert Report," "Hannity & Colmes," "The Tavis Smiley Show," "The Diane Rehm Show" and countless other programs. He has lectured at many of the nation's finest universities, including Seton Hall University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University and the University of Florida. He is an associate professor of creative writing at Emerson College.

His first work of fiction for adults, A Taste of Honey, was published in April 2010. The Road To Freedom, his first novel for young readers, was published in 2000. His other children's books include Whose Toes Are Those, Whose Knees Are These, Daddy Goes to Work, and The Road to Freedom. His children's books, Boy Of Mine and Girl Of Mine, were published in April 2010. Fifty Cents And A Dream, a new book for children, will be published in December.

Jabari Asim lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a child, I remember the excitement I felt upon waking up and realizing that this was the day I was to go to work with my dad. There was nothing like it. I felt so special and important. And the idea that my dad wanted to spend the entire day with me was exhilarating.

Daddy and his young daughter go to the office together. They begin their journey on the subway reading the newspaper, walk to the building together, head upstairs in a big elevator, work a bit, have lunch, work some more and then head home. Now, that might not sound exciting, but for the little girl in the story and the little girl I was years ago, we would disagree. It is the most exciting day ever!

I love brightly colored and detailed illustrations Aaron Boyd has provided in some attractive and inviting scenes. I also love the racial diversity of Daddy Goes to Work.

Armchair Interviews says: This is a lovely book about daddy and daughter sharing time together.
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DADDY GOES TO WORK is an endearing story about a little girl who gets to spend the day with her father at work. From the first page, author Jabari Asim's use of playful, rhyming language captures the reader's attention and draws them into the little girl's sense of excitement. To the father in the book, the day may seem relatively ordinary, but even the most mundane aspects of his job captivate his daughter. From waking up a little earlier than usual to returning home from a busy day at work, the entire experience is very special.

So often in our society, at least in my opinion, the role of fatherhood is under appreciated. In DADDY GOES TO WORK Jabari Asim brought fatherhood to the forefront and highlighted the special relationship shared between father and daughter. Aaron Boyd's illustrations are warm, colorful, inviting, and most of all, fun. Children, even those who have not yet learned to read, are likely to enjoy the scenes depicted on the pages because they are rich with detail. Any time spent together between parent and child is special, and in DADDY GOES TO WORK both parents and children alike can see how something as simple as a day at work with a parent, and a parent sharing a side of their life children don't normally see, is indeed a special treat.

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By Nia VINE VOICE on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A warm story of a little girl accompanying her to dad to work at the office. The illustrations are very realistic and add a great deal to the story. This is a great book to add to any multicultural collection as it demonstrated a supporting and loving family. Also a good book to use for take your child to work day.
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