My Dad is Awesome

Nick Butterworth, Author Candlewick Press (MA) $4.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-56402-033-8
Kids who idolize their dads just may recognize him in this slight but breezy portrait of one terrific father. Butterworth's humorously hyperbolic illustrations depict a friendly looking father living up to the narrator's description of all the ways in which his dad is ``awesome'': five kids and a dog are piled on his back to prove ``He's as strong as a gorilla''; he becomes a one-man band--with drum on back, guitar in hand and accordion strung between his knees--to show that ``he can play any instrument''; and he throws six items into the air (including a bag of tomatoes) to demonstrate that ``he can juggle with anything.'' Though not truly ``awesome'' (Kristy Parker's My Dad the Magnificent , illustrated by Lillian Hoban, is a more substantial treatment of the theme), this book may inspire youngsters to consider the little--and not so little--things that make their own dads special. Ages 2-up. ( May )
Reviewed on: 03/30/1992
Release date: 04/01/1992
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Glued - 978-0-606-22847-3
Prebound-Other - 24 pages - 978-0-613-45205-2
Hardcover - 24 pages - 978-0-7636-2056-1
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-49684-1
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