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Daddy Adventure Day Hardcover – March 17, 2011
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A young boy and his easygoing father spend the day together and attend the boy�s first major league baseball game in this story of father-son bonding. The father doesn�t seem enthusiastic about the day, which, for the boy, begins at 4:15 a.m. Dad�s routine is constantly interrupted with reminders that work is not allowed on Daddy Adventure Day, and that means no morning paper, no cell phones, and so forth. Thankfully, Dad is good-natured about everything, and all ends well, with the two asleep together on the couch. Brightly colored watercolor and digital collage illustrations deftly portray the boy�s cozy home as well as the vastness of the baseball stadium and, along with the brief, chatty text, convey the sense of the specialness of the day. A similar story for a slightly older audience is told by Helen Ketteman in I Remember Papa (1998). Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos
"The contrast between the hyper-excited boy and the laid-back dad provides gentle humor. Keane's classic pairing of a father-son relationship and baseball will be best shared one-on-one. As a blueprint for father-son fun, it's not a bad one." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Ramá's watercolor and digital collage illustrations capture the warm relationship between the wide-eyed boy and his ever-patient dad (who suffers through hot chocolate and root beer spills on his pants). A satisfying story about spending time with loved ones." -- School Library Journal
"Ramá's smudgy artwork and Keane's kid's-eye view capture the palpable excitement of the occasion, making the dynamics of their relationship feel both distinctive and relatable."-- Publishers Weekly
"Brightly colored watercolor and digital collage illustrations deftly portray the boy's cozy home as well as the vastness of the baseball stadium and, along with the brief, chatty text, convey the sense of the specialness of the day." -- Booklist
"Just in time for the beginning of the baseball season, it reminds fathers who find it overwhelming to find time to spend with their kids that, really, all they have to do is show up, and the rest takes care of itself." -- Los Angeles Times