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The Daddy Mountain (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2004

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0786809124
  • ASIN: B000FDFVO2
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,075,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jules Feiffer lives in New York City with his wife, Jenny. Along with being a famed cartoonist, Feiffer is also the author of numerous novels, children's books, plays and screenplays, including Carnal Knowledge, Harry, The Rat with Women and Little Murders, which was made into a celebrated movie.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Any adult who's ever been some little kid's jungle gym will know exactly what this book is about. It's a small child's narration of what it takes to climb all the way to the top of Daddy. Fieffer inks the child in his familiar, engaging style, and renders Daddy as a grey monolith of charcoal drawing. (Mommy, of course, gets her own page at the end.)

I have a niece who's an especially active sort, so she came ot mind immmediately when I saw this. The Daddy may not thank me, though, since the niece is likely to take this as an instruction manual.

//wiredweird

PS: Is this really Feiffer, the angry young man of the 1950s and 60s? If so, it looks like he's evolved a doting grandfather. I guess half-a-hundred years will do that to a guy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Grzegorek on July 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is two and just loves this book. The fact that she has already been climbing the Daddy Mountaion for the 6 months prior to purchasing this book did not hurt. My daughter has made it a routine to play with Daddy as soon as I walk through the door at the end of the day, pick her up at the sitter's or pre-school. Immediately she must dance with, climb on, be spun, or perform any myriad of physical activities on or with Daddy's help. I purchased the book almost immediately upon seeing it because for my daughter and me it was our thing. My wife and I read 3 or 4 books to her each night before bed. She repeats words, searches the pages for new things, colors, items she may have missed before or just wants to point out again. Now, The Daddy Mountain is asked for by name almost each night. I get a real kick out of the two parts of the book where the heroine mentions a potential, "catastrophe". I read the line up to the last word and my daughter will fill in with her version of, "Cat-o-pee". I don't agree with other Customer's reviews relating that the writing is above a small childs level. It is all in how you read it with your own inflections, drama, voices and how you engage your little one. This book is fun and engages my 2 year old daughter to touch the photos, laugh and interject her own versions of some of the words. And of course the ending with Dad indicating everything is Ok, the daughter proud of her achievement and Mom panicking, does depict life at our home with my daughter's physical activities and prowess.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Birnbaum on February 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the other raters who focused on the grammar and panned this book. My 2.5 year old son loves this book and asks me to read it to him often. It is a lighthearted cute book. Its perfect for a toddler like mine who enjoys climbing his own daddy mountain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liesl Garner on November 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My son is now 2 1/2 years old - he started reading this book (I mean, having it read to him) when he was only two. He is at a very fun, pre-reading phase, where he has all his favorite books memorized, and will "read" them to me. He loves this story. People in the grocery store are amazed when he'll call out "That would be a cat-as-tro-phy!" I am sorry to flat-out refute the online review by the Library Association - that said the wording was bad. My son will be playing, or climbing at the park, and all of a sudden, he'll start quoting the book, saying, "No problem, she's fine!" We love this story and read it together at least once a day. The artwork is fabulous, and I have yet to be tired of the book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Normally, I don't fall for messily illustrated books. I'm far more likely to pick up a book by Chris Van Allsburg or David Weisner than I am a William Steig or even a Jules Feiffer. Still, there was something about, "The Daddy Mountain" that called to me. The first time I saw it it looked...different. Like it had something to say to me. So it was with great surprise that I found myself picking it up, flipping through it, reading it intently, and falling head over heels in love with it. "The Daddy Mountain" will probably not garner that many awards. After one hundred years it will probably lay forgotten in ancient dusty attics across America. But as long as we're in the here and now, I encourage you each and every one to seek out this marvelous picture book and take a gander at it for yourselves. It's really quite impressive.

Our heroine is not very big but her ambitions are huge. She is, personally, going to scale the Daddy Mountain. On the first page we have her eyeing the mountain in question. The Daddy Mountain is greyed out, allowing us to concentrate entirely on the girl and her progress. As she begins the climb she offers us useful tidbits of information on how one goes about climbing daddy mountains in general. Everything from "Fruit juice gives me energy to climb" to "Remember, the Daddy Mountain must wear a shirt. Because if you grab hold of his skin, he'll get mad" are offered to the reader. The climb is treacherous, and there's more than one fall to the bottom. Fortunately, by the penultimate pull-out page the little girl sits perched on her father's head, high high above the ground. Gleefully she tries to get her mother's attention as her daddy says reassuringly, "No problem. She's fine". Her mom, needless to say, is less than thrilled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Ruffner on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our two oldest kids love this book. we checked it out from the library so many times we had to get our own copy! Our son particularly enjoys acting out climbing the Daddy Mountain.
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