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PreS–Beginning at his toes, a little girl laboriously climbs up her father until she is perched triumphantly on top of his head. Along the way, she provides practical advice on making this a successful procedure: "Remember, the Daddy Mountain must wear a shirt. Because if you grab hold of his skin, he'll get mad." Although Feiffer keeps a reasonable amount of suspense going during this combination ordeal/adventure, there is little substance to inspire rereading and little appeal for youngsters who have outgrown attempting this feat. What story there is descends into stereotypes: when the child reaches her goal (as shown on a two-page vertical foldout), her father nonchalantly declares, "No problem, she's fine," and seems proud of his daughter's accomplishment, while her mother's reaction is to faint. The illustrations are vintage Feiffer; for most of the book, Daddy's body is drawn–mountain still–in charcoal, while the girl is depicted with much more fluid black lines and bright colors. While the pictures capture the full range of her emotions, they do not elevate the title to anything other than an additional purchase.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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PreS-Gr. 1. For families looking for an alternative to soppy Father's Day fare, Feiffer offers a visual riff on the concept of Dad as jungle gym. "I have to be brave," says a little girl at the (literal) foot of the Daddy Mountain, seen as a series of decontextualized body segments sketched in charcoal greys. She shinnies upward from loafers to shins and beyond, a vintage-Feiffer bundle of windmilling arms, jutting knees and elbows, and mutable facial expressions. Step-by-step commentary ("Now this is the tricky part . . . ") accompanies her ascent, which concludes with a vertical foldout revealing Dad transformed from faceless "landform" to a grinning accomplice, his daughter perched atop his head. Given the choice between this and Feiffer's Bark, George (1999), children may reach for the latter for its brighter colors and greater variety of characters. In the end, this may resonate more with grown-ups, who will nod in recognition of daddies' special fondness for roughhousing--and laugh at the last-page depiction of an apoplectic mom: "I think she's going to faint." Jennifer Mattson
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One of the five most delightful children's/family books ever. It is so fun to read, and kids love to hear it...over and over.Published 21 months ago by Marilyn H. Mullen
bought this to read to our 4-5 month old daughter and our bigger kids ( 6 and 11 ) liked it enough that they decided they wanted to climb the daddy mountain too. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tyler Lane
This is a fantastic book that keeps the attention of our kids all the way through no matter how many times we have read it. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Seth
My two year old girl loves this book, and asks for it often. When we get to the word "catastrophe", she likes to yell it out loud (though it sounds more like 'atastrophe'!). Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Eco
Daddy Mountain, The (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))
This picture book by cartoonist Jules Feiffer shows the adventure of a little girl who decides to climb all... Read more
My 2 1/2-year-old grandson, Max,loves this book and has been climbing up his father ever since we read it to him. Read morePublished on November 11, 2007 by Bonnie B
not impressed with this book. there's no interaction btwn the daughter and the father - i was looking for a nice relationship book for my daughter so that my husband could read it... Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Robyn J. Wilkinson
A little girl prepares to climb and then climbs up her daddy from toe to head. Jules Feiffer puts this daring feat in the perspective of the little girl. Read morePublished on November 6, 2006 by A. Bauer
I would use this book with 2-3year olds and preschoolers. This book is about a little girl who takes on the adventure of climbing up her daddy to sit on top of his shoulders. Read morePublished on March 28, 2006 by Amber