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Publishers Weekly Review
My Dad by Anthony Browne now appears in a paper-over-board miniature edition. Of the original, PW said, "With well-measured doses of hyperbole, sentiment and humor, Browne delivers an endearing paean to patriarchs." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-As a small child catalogs his father's admirable traits, full-page chalk-and-gouache illustrations humorously portray a pajama-and-bathrobe-clad, round-faced man masterfully demonstrating each accolade. He is brave, resourceful, strong, happy, fast, big, soft, and wise. He dances, sings, plays soccer, and makes faces. He eats like a horse, and swims like a fish. This simple tribute closes with "I love my dad. And you know what? He loves me! (And he always will)." Browne has a winner here. The clever pictures have true child appeal. Single lines of text with lots of white space narrate the softly colored, energetic illustrations. Dad's brown-plaid bathrobe pattern is repeated in unusual items throughout (plaid toast, plaid fish, a plaid teddy), and his heroics are laughably tender, particularly when he sends the Big Bad Wolf out the door. A great tribute to fathers everywhere and a fine inspiration for children to create a "my dad" list of their own.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Ages 4^-8. This time Browne offers a child's paean to his dad, with excellent little-boy images and metaphors. Dad appears in striped blue pajamas, maroon slippers, and a brown plaid bathrobe of unsurpassed ugliness. Clad in this apparel, he can "walk on a tightrope" (the clothesline), "eat like a horse" (a horse in Dad's bathrobe sits before an enormous plate of food) and is "a brilliant singer" (Dad, in his usual outfit, stands next to Domingo and Pavarotti caricatures who look rather annoyed). Dad is great at soccer and wise as an owl, and he isn't afraid of anything: he sends the Big Bad Wolf slinking out the door with a gesture. Best of all, of course, the kid knows "HE LOVES ME! (And he always will)." Even the endpapers and Dad's toast are decked out in bathrobe plaid, and the offhand affection is genuinely moving as well as funny. A lighthearted companion to In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall (1997), illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, and Shelley Rotner's Lots of Dads (1997). --GraceAnne A. DeCandido
Horn Book Review
Browne's brief narrative is a paean to fathers everywhere. Full-color illustrations depict the daring dad in a variety of roles, from wrestling giants and walking tightropes to playing soccer and dancing--always in his plaid robe. The whimsical illustrations show Dad with fins and a tail when his son brags, he can swim like a fish, and small visual non sequiturs add a humorous seek-and-find component to the book. From HORN BOOK Fall 2001, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Greenaway and Hans Christian Andersen medallist Browne presents a sweet-natured celebration of Dad in all his infinite variety. Browne, a master of the colored-pencil and wash illustration, has an almost preternatural gift for balancing delicious detail with winning whimsy. Here, warmly appealing, carefully composed pictures feature a simple and wonderfully appealing motifan umber, sepia, and sunny yellow-toned plaid bathrobe fabric as unique visual shorthand for, well . . . Dad. From our first view of him (clasping a mug of tea at the breakfast table) to last (clasping the androgynous child narrator in a feet-off-the-ground hug), hes reliably clad in his all-occasion snappy blue-and-white-striped pajamas, cozy red slippers, and his signature woolen plaid dressing gown. Whether Browne depicts him as a horse tucking into a huge mound of beans, chips, eggs, and tomatoes, a professional wrestler, competing in school field day, or even as weightlifting gorilla, hes the man in plaid. The publisher may have done a disservice to Dads as well as the book in their well-meaning attempt at improved accessibility for the American audience. In a central spread, bath-robed and mortarboard-clad owl as Dad is posed professorially against a chalkboard covered with arithmetic problems. The facing page then depicts Dad proudly posed (à la American Gothic) with a stiff push broom that pleasingly matches his equally stiff and contoured, flat-top haironce called a brush cut. The original text reads: Hes as wise as an owl and as bristly as a brush. Hes all right my dad. The newest version instead captions Dad with broom: except when he tries to help. Hes all right my dad. Click. A singularly unfortunate default to the stereotype that any man who engages in any family life support activities (like cleaning) is de facto inept. This disappointing spread is even more out-of-step in a book that celebrates the every-Dad in every way. Does this flaw/defect detract enough to merit a knee-jerk rejection? No. We can only hope the publisher will return to the original in future reprints. In the meantime, you might want to stock up for Fathers Day. This one has family favorite written all over it. (Picture book. All ages)