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Giddy-Up, Daddy! [Kindle Edition]

Troy Cummings
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Giddy-Up, Daddy! is the newest imaginative picture book from celebrated cartoonist Troy Cummings. When rootin'-tootin' Daddy the "horse" is eyeballed by some rotten rustlers, it's all the kids can do to keep him out of the big lugs' lasso. What follows is a quick detour through a rodeo, a trip across a circus high wire, and a near-miss in the Rockies, till the kids don Mounty gear and capture the bad guys for good. A celebratory parade at sundown leads the kids and Daddy back home into Mom's waiting arms. 

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 1-"Once there was a dad who was really good at playing horsey. Seriously, he was the best." One day, he is kidnapped by horse rustlers. His daughter and infant son track him down to find that he has been entered in a rodeo. When he spies his children, he bucks the bad guys out of the arena, the kids climb on his back, and the race is on. They gallop off to hide in a tent and find themselves atop a high wire with the rustlers close behind. They zoom down a slide and through The Flaming Hoop of Doom! and hide in the midst of a polo match. With the rustlers hot on their trail, Dad and the kids rocket around a dirt track and win the Kentucky Derby. They keep going, all the way to Canada, where the siblings reveal themselves to be Canadian Mounties. After they capture the bad guys, Dad trots them back home, just in time for dinner. The preposterous story makes sense when the last illustration reveals a backyard full of toys that represent the scenes of the adventures and the stuffed-animal bad guys. Cummings enlivens this silly romp with energetic cartoonlike illustrations that feature the galloping dad and his daredevil kids in the forefront of every scene. The illustrations vary from spot drawings to full spreads, with the page-turning action moving toward the right. This rollicking read is sure to be a hit with horsey lovers everywhere.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

TROY CUMMINGS has been chomping at the bit to write this story ever since his two kids jumped on his back and started making horsey sounds. His illustrations have been featured in newspapers, magazines, card games, Humane Society newsletters, and an opera. Troy lives in Greencastle, Indiana with his cat and family. He is eighteen hands high.

Product Details

  • File Size: 34296 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y4I9BU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful children's book!! April 25, 2013
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Troy Cummings has succeeded again in creating a delightful children's tale that will amuse readers of all ages. As soon as I finished reading this to my sons, ages 2 and 4, for the first time, they quickly requested to hear it again.

The illustrations are colorful and vibrant and the story is imaginative in more ways than one. :)

I highly recommend this book and his previous book, "The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out (Big-Time)". You will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top and funny June 6, 2013
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Fun, over the top adventure story with a circus, the Kentucky Derby, and...Canada? Structurally similar to David LaRochelle's It's a Tiger!, with a satisfying circular ending.

"The dad dodged the rustlers and hightailed it across the tightrope."
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Daddy-centered book! May 3, 2013
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My husband was Mystery Reader at our son's school today and this was the book he chose. What a great romp! The kids enjoyed the book so much, he donated it to the school and i'm back to order a 2nd. Get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp of a book! July 7, 2013
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With its cheerful art and lots of action in the story, this book will put a smile on parent or child who's ever played "horsie" before! Plus, there's a cute little surprise at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, good art! June 14, 2013
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A clever and interesting read that does not talk down to children. Very distinctive and original drawing with a sure hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Creative Thinking Adventure Seekers May 21, 2013
When it comes to daddy time, two little kids sure know how to have fun.

Daddy is seriously the best horsey ever. Apparently, rustlers thinks so too and they horse-nap him, but the kids are resourceful and they track the hoof prints that daddy leaves behind.

From a rodeo, to a circus to a polo match and even a trip to Canada where the children reveal their true identities, the band of rustlers have no idea what they are up against.

As the sun begins to set on their adventures, mom appears at the back door with wide-open arms and the kids know what that mean - she seriously is the best at airplane rides.

This is a good book for your creative thinking adventure seekers. Every child loves playing horsey and when you throw in a dad that is just as involved, you cannot help but to have the time of your lives.
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More About the Author

Troy Cummings has been writing and illustrating since he was a little kid. Among other things, he's the creator of GIDDY-UP, DADDY!, the tale of a man mistaken for a horse, and THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM, an early-reader chapter book series about a kid who moves to a town full of monsters.

In addition to books, Troy's illustrations have appeared on:

> Animated backdrops for an opera
> A package of fish sticks
> Jigsaw puzzles
> iPad pop-up books
>A poster warning people about germs
> A poster warning people about a film festival
> A cookbook for dogs
> A thing for the humane society
> A card game about hiking
> Newspapers, magazines and greeting cards

Troy Cummings lives in Greencastle, Indiana with his nice family and mean cat.

See more of Troy's work at

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