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Mighty Dads Board book – April 26, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—The dads at this construction site teach by example and encourage their youngsters to strive to do their best. For example, there's Excavator Big, who "helps little Vator dig./They go/ scoop,/scoop,/scoop." The patterned text continues in this vein, "Steamroller Brave/shows little Roller how to pave./They go roll,/roll,/ roll." Other father-and-son teams include Bulldozer and Dozy, Boom Truck and Boomer, Cement Mixer and Mixie, Dump Truck and Dumpy, Backhoe and Hoe-Hoe, Grader and Grady, Forklift and Forky. The action verbs and sound effects (crash, bang, boom!) abound as the adults demonstrate how to get jobs done and extol the virtues of being "strong," "steady," and "true-blue," in addition to being "brave" and "wise." The heavy-outlined cartoon artwork depicts the machines prominently profiled and personified on the page with a simply drawn eye in the passenger-side window or windshield (the only white space on most spreads). There is nothing out of the ordinary about the rhyme or the artwork, but the message of "Mighty Dads say,/'I'm proud of you!/ Tomorrow let's build/something new!'" is just the ticket for vehicle-obsessed youngsters who can't get enough of construction play.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The author of Little Red Writing (2013) and Zero the Hero (2012) offers an ode to construction vehicles and their offspring. Using rhymed couplets and action verbs, 10 spreads introduce individual heavy machines and their functions: “Excavator Big / helps little Vator dig. / They go / scoop, / scoop, / scoop.” Dean, best known for the Pete the Cat books, depicts both large and small versions of vehicles doing their thing. Throughout, each is realistically portrayed, save for anthropomorphizing eyes. The colorful artwork also includes interesting details (motor oil, toolbox, construction cones) without becoming cluttered. Once everyone is introduced, the young ones join their dads at work, and at the end of the day, “Mighty Dads say, / ‘I’m proud of you! / Tomorrow let’s build / something new!’” This makes for a perfect choice for story hours—the vivid verbs demand to be chanted and dramatized—and pairs nicely with Sherri Duskey Rinker’s Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011) or Kate Banks’ more realistic The Night Worker (2000). Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kay Weisman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Then I found out that this book is now offered in board book format. I bought it without hesitation. There are no differences or changes to the wording between versions. However, the board book doesn't have some of the extra pages of "art" lining the front and back covers like the hardback. Because of the the board books size, it gets lost with all the other books. The hardback was very large and easy for the kiddos to find in their pile of books. The large size when opened was like a tray and kids liked putting it on their lap while looking at the pictures. Cannot do this with the board book. While we love the board book and I know we will use this book up while there are still young babies in the house, I will buy the hardback version again when the kids are older and it is time to replace.