The dynamic duo of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall team up once again to treat parents and children to a story that celebrates affection with imagination. Because I Am Your Daddy is a great read-aloud book at storytime or a soothing book at bedtime, and an ideal gift for new fathers on Father s Day.
F&P level: K Praise for Because I Am Your Daddy
"Daddy/daughter bedtime reading doesn't get any cozier. The text is accompanied by Hall's fun and stylishly retro watercolors." -BookPage
"This selection is a perfect Father's Day pick." -School Library Journal
"Hall's airy, retro-flavored watercolors depict the father's artfully exaggerated roles. A stylish depiction of fatherly devotion."-Publishers Weekly
"The loving bond between parent and child is at the core of the story, and the joy is as much in the hugs as in the imaginative play." -Booklist
"Hall's simply gorgeous retro-styled watercolors depicting a dad with his dark-haired daughter and her dolly go to town with each premise--the image of the three of them surfing is nothing short of breathtaking in its jewel-toned splashy motion."-Kirkusreviews
Also available by Sherry North and Marcellus Hall
Praise for Because You Are My Baby
Rhythmsreminiscent of those in Margaret Wise Brown s Runaway Bunny . . . The sentimental text is balanced by simple geometric shapes that evoke rockets, sea life, and airplanes adventuring happily together in uncluttered spreads. Booklist
Wry but always inviting images . . . lifts a familiar premise far above the ordinary. Publishers Weekly
Also available from Marcellus Hall Praise for City I Love
STAR] Many added layers of narrative delight as well as beautiful colors and an eye-catching sense of design . . . This book is really special, a global tour de force. School Library Journal, starred review
STAR] Hall s watercolor urban scenes capture the big city s scale while depicting both its bustle and its quieter corners. Kirkus, starred reviewF&P level: Z"
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Dear old Daddy
In my house, it seems, daddies can do no wrong—especially in the eyes of my 11-year-old twin daughters. (The same cannot always be said for dear old mom!) In honor of Father’s Day, here are four new picture books that salute proud papas everywhere.
Young children will enjoy the gentle rhymes of Sherry North’s Because I Am Your Daddy, illustrated by Marcellus Hall. This follow-up to Because You Are My Baby begins: “If I were a pilot, I would fly you to your school. / Your friends would all look up and say, ‘Your daddy is so cool!’ ”
The rhymes continue with the father voicing many “If I were” thoughts about being a baseball player, paleontologist, park ranger, movie director and all sorts of exciting professions. With each imagined activity, daddy, daughter and her dolly have an exciting adventure. This poem of mutual admiration ends with: “And if I were a wizard, I would make your dreams come true. / Because I am your daddy, I would do anything for you.”
Daddy/daughter bedtime reading doesn’t get any cozier. The text is accompanied by Hall’s fun and stylishly retro watercolors. His airline pilot and robot look like they could have come from the 1960s, while his use of color is lovely, especially in a northern sky night scene.
What's in a name
Acclaimed children’s author Jane Yolen wrote the delightful tribute My Father Knows the Names of Things in honor of her late husband, David Stemple. The encyclopedic dad in this book knows the names of many wonderful things, including mosses, insects, fish, cows, stars, cats and candies.
Stéphane Jorisch’s illustrations (watercolor, gouache, pen and ink) are whimsically delightful, making the father/child explorations great fun. The explorers wade through hugely tall sunflowers, head for the clouds in a biplane and explore the planets from an amusement park ride. Everything is fun and full of expression in Jorisch’s world—even a row of colorful birds in a cage.
Daddy Devotion is also alive and well in My Father is Taller Than a Tree, by another award-winning children’s author, Joseph Bruchac. This rhyming text features a variety of boys with their dads: old, young, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and even a blind dad. Wendy Anderson Halperin’s pastel illustrations show fathers and their sons enjoying splendid times together—playing the piano, walking on the beach, reading, playing chess, painting a doghouse. These tender scenes conclude with a panorama of sons and their dads, and this lovely line: “When I grow up and have a kid / we’ll do all the things that Dad and I did.”
Saluting stepfathers, too
Finally, blended families will adore Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers. Writer Kelly Bennett celebrates how both a father and a stepfather can be equally fun and loving in very different ways. For instance, both father and stepfather bike (one on a bicycle, one on a motorcycle) and both love music (one goes for the symphony while the other rocks out). Paul Meisel’s colorful, energetic illustrations show dads with their daughters enjoying all sorts of entertaining outings together.