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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—In this heartwarming picture book, a grandmother shares stories with her grandson about his dad, who listens and watches with a smile. Once she opens the photo album, readers are engaged in a tender trip down memory lane. Grandma points out the similarities in appearance and behavior between father and son. Both are "puny and red-faced" when they are born. They begin school with trepidation, but with practice learning becomes easier. Some days, Dad could be "sweet," "wild," bossy, or raise a "ruckus," just like his son. Walker's use of layers of acrylic paints creates soft, gentle illustrations. Small details, such as black corners on the photos, provide authenticity to the time span. Characters' facial expressions and body language successfully capture emotions, actions, and reactions. Children will laugh at the spreads of Dad as a baby joyously singing in a bubble bath; pretending to be a race car, a gorilla, a cowboy, or a masked bandit; moping through a time-out; and coping with the disappointment of losing a baseball game. The humorous text is in perfect sync with the simple illustrations. This unique book is an excellent choice, particularly for Father's Day.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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It may be targeted at a very specific audience, but it’s a sizable one: grandmothers and their grandsons. The book opens with a barely graying grandmother, her red-haired son, and his young son looking at a scrapbook: “Your daddy was born puny and red-faced. Just like you.” If that sounds like an insult, be assured that the illustrations for the book are loving tributes to boyhood, even in its messiest, mud-jumping state (“Sometimes I mistook him for Stinky Swamp Man”). Bennett’s grandma narrator hits the highlights of her own son’s young life—the developing mind, the changing moods, the nighttime fears—and often ends with the refrain, “Just like you.” The repetition may seem to deprive the child of some individuality, but it also shows him that his behavior and feelings are perfectly normal (though the image of the boy in a timeout is a bit of a jolt amid the cheerful mischief). With any luck, the book’s appealing pictures of the past will prompt loving memories from children’s own grandparents. Preschool-Grade 1. --Abby Nolan

More About the Author

Kelly Bennett writes for children--both fiction and non-fiction--mostly picture books. A native of California, Kelly graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1976. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.

"I write what I know about--friendship, pets, family life, adventure," says Kelly, "But I also write about things I want to know about. While I'm writing, every story is a mystery--a mystery waiting to be solved. And who doesn't love a good mystery?" Sometimes, the real mystery is what name will Kelly use on this book? Her bylines include: Kelly Goldman, Kelly Goldman Bennett, Patty McAndrews, Kate Donelly, and Jill Max, the pseudonym used for work co-written with Ronnie Davidson. (For more about "Jill Max" go to www.jillmax.com.)

Kelly divides her time between Port of Spain, Trinidad; Westhampton Beach, New York; and Houston, Texas.

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The illustrations are whimsical and fun, to match the text.
Trinity
I stumbled across this book at our public library, and immediately decided to purchase it as a gift for my mother in law.
joyfulfamily
Kelly Bennett's Your Daddy Was Just Like You is a perfect bedtime (or anytime story) for children.
Russell J. Sanders

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful story which has the added benefit of allowing Dads and their kids to bond. As a mom of 3 sons, I don't think there are enough picture books that include dads. This book has it all--humor, heart, and wonderful storytelling. Kids like the repetition in the words and join in by saying it aloud. It's a great story to read aloud in kindergarten and preschool classes, as well at home, cuddled on the couch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Russell J. Sanders on February 7, 2011
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Kelly Bennett's Your Daddy Was Just Like You is a perfect bedtime (or anytime story) for children. It oozes with warmth and love. The grandmother/narrator details all the ways that the little boy is just like his daddy, and with all due respect to a previous reviewer here, Bennett's details are both specific and generic. The stuffed animals are called Raggedy and Bear. How much more non-specific can that be? The previous reviewer would have us believe that the toys were named Xochimilco and Simon, or some such! Besides that, "Grandmother" presents all sorts of situations that real kids get into from being apprehensive on the first day of school to acting out and being gently punished to not wanting to take a bath--all designed to be learning experiences for young listeners and readers. And through it all, David Walker's humorous illustrations are delights that add to the spare but lovely text. This book is a keeper, to be shared with each new child that arrives in the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Shahan on February 8, 2011
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There is so much about this book that I admire -- including the spare text which is both thoughtfully chosen and heartfelt, the lively child-engaging illustrations, the subtle message, and so much more. I teach an ongoing picture book writing course for UCLA Extension and have added "Your Daddy" to my students' reading list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally P. Booklover on February 8, 2011
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A perfect gift book! A message of reassuring and unconditional love is obvious throughout while fun and playful illustrations match the rolling and rollicking love story-song in the text.

I love the pervasive feeling of joy and delight in being a boy, even if mistakes are made... just like Daddy!

Looking forward to a MOMMY version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Broyles on February 8, 2011
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No matter what the generation or era, children crave knowledge of their parents as children. In this heartwarming picture book, a grandmother tells her grandson what his father was like at his age. Her love for both the father (her son) and his son (her grandson) is clear in words and illustrations,and the warmth they all share is palpable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on February 8, 2011
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Kelly Bennett's YOUR DADDY WAS JUST LIKE YOU is a sweet and poignant book...one that begs to be shared within a family. It is fun to read aloud, it sparks wonderful conversations, and it connects family together, grandparent to grandson, father to son, person to person. What could be better?

I just love this story.
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K picked this book up from our public library.

I felt as though K could have really related to this book more than the other book Your Mommy was just like you. As the things in this book that the daddy use to do, is more boyish I would say.
Now I had the same problem in this book as I did the other one. For K it was confusing as it is told from the grandfather's point of view of what his son did when he was little.
I think this is a great read to read to the kids. I would think fathers would have a great time reading this to their sons.
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Your Daddy Was Just Like You by Kelly Bennett
I bought this book after reading the accompanying 'mommy' book. There are so many memories of things the grown ups did as infant and children.
I especially loved how he turns himself into a race car driver as I know when my grandson sees this he will turn one of the big boxes they have
into his own race car. Good motivation to keep practicing at school with numbers and letters.
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