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Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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PreS-Gr 1—Move over, Mama Llama, it's Daddy Gnu's turn to shine! This book features Llama Llama's best friend, Nelly Gnu, as she and her father spend some quality time together. The arrival of a new high chair and playpen for Baby Gnu means large, empty cardboard boxes in the living room, and Daddy Gnu knows just what to do with them. He and his daughter put their heads together and transform the boxes into a perfect playhouse for Nelly. They measure, draw, cut, and glue. "But Nelly thinks it's not quite done…/It needs some flowers, just a few./Time to shop with Daddy Gnu." They head off to the hardware store and buy some paint and brushes and a mini flashlight. They "paint the house with brick designs./Big bright flowers,/climbing vines," then clean up, and, yes, Daddy cooks dinner and reads stories, too. He really is a dream come true. The big, bold paintings are full of warm, homey details, and the animal characters have loads of charm. Who knew that gnus were so adorable?—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO:
"[A] Father’s Day-ready vehicle to showcase an involved and attentive parent." —Publishers Weekly
"...an engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love." —Kirkus
"Move over, Mama Llama, it’s Daddy Gnu’s turn to shine!" —School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR THE LLAMA LLAMA SERIES:
"Once again, Dewdney conveys a highly relatable source of llama drama with warmth and authentically childlike characters." —PW starred review of Llama Llama Time to Share
“A real charmer that will leave preschoolers giggling and parents appreciating the familiar scenario.” —Booklist on Llama Llama Red Pajama
“Dewdney's tale is bound to become a comical classic.” —Kirkus on Llama Llama Red Pajama
“An involving read-aloud, one that will leave kids and parents hoping Llama has many more adventures ahead.” —PW on Llama Llama Mad at Mama
“The expressive animal faces and attention to detail make it a charming addition.” —PW on Llama Llama Misses Mama
"A worthy addition to the Llama collection, just right for readers’ own sick days."—Kirkus on Llama Llama Home with Mama
Top customer reviews
Below is the first part of the story:
"Nelly loves her Daddy Gnu. He always knows just what to do.
A great big box, some tape, and string-Daddy can make anything!
First they measure. Then they draw. Nelly tapes, and Daddy saws..
Then, they add a little glue. Nelly and her Daddy Gnu!
A perfect little house for one! But Nelly thinks it's not quite done....
It needs some flowers, just a few. Time to shop with Daddy Gnu.
A big adventure to the store! Plants and hammers, ladders, more.
Would she like a better view? Take a ride on Dady Gnu!", (Here is a picture of Nelly on her daddy's shoulders.)
And so the story goes, they look for paint, brushes and other items to complete the house. Nelly goes on to talk about how much fun it is to spend time with her daddy. However, at one point she becomes separated from her dad and gets a little scared. But of course he's not far away and Nelly is all smiles again.
The end of the story goes like this:
"Paint the house with brick designs. Big bright flowers, climbing vines.(Picture of them painting the house together.)
There's nothing that these two can't do-Nelly and her Daddy Gnu.
Time for dinner, Daddy cooks. Then they read their favorite books. (Picture of both sitting in a chair together while daddy is reading to Nelly)
Every night and every day, Daddy makes it all OK.
He always knows just what to do...Nelly's Daddy, Daddy Gnu"
Such a heartwarming story!
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This book prompted my husband to build a simpler version with his daughter, a cardboard box version. He often quotes the last line "Daddy knows just what to do" and is so happy to have a book about how a Dad is competent and loving.
I prefer this book over the Llama llama ones as it is much more positive. Where Llama always seems to have dramas, nelly is much more sweet and calm.
This book really captures the special bonds that dads and daughters can have, without any implying any stereotypes about parental roles of moms and dads. I love the rhythm of Anna Dewdney's writing in this book and others. We've owned this book for about 4 months now, and we read it often, but I'm still not tired of reading it.
Beyond that the illustrations are lovely (as expected) and the story is darling and well written. My daughter LOVES reading this with her dad and has even shared the story with other kids at her school. The teachers were so happy to find a book that features a dad in a care taking role.
We've been reading her books since our son was a baby and he is now 8 and he still loves to hear the stories. Makes a great birthday or baby shower gift!