Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
My Dad

My Dad

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
ISBN: 0-374-35101-5
Hardcover Price: $16.00
An uncommonly gifted picture-book illustrator, Anthony Browne here proffers a valentine to fathers everywhere. His "dad", costumed in blue-striped pajamas and brown-plaid flannel bathrobe throughout, is big, burly and a tad menacing in a couple of the pictures. "My dad isn't afraid of ANYTHING, even the Big Bad Wolf, " an unseen child narrator tells the listener. Dad can, among other things "eat like a horse," and "swim like a fish." And when he does, Brown has him pictured as the creature in question, but always in his tell-tale pajamas and robe. It's a droll and witty work, but fathers being at once so varied to each child, some listener/viewers may not applaud Browne's bravura performance.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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