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Single fatherhood in the movie big daddy

McElderry Books, 2003 A sweet, good-humored book about daddy-son relationships. A cheerful little elephant tells how he is "the tallest boy on my block. This is a very earnest book, verging on the saccharine, but if you are the parent of a nice, sweet little boy and want to do your best to encourage those qualities or to prolong that stage in his life, this book is probably an excellent choice. Author Dan Andreasen has worked extensively as an illustrator for other people's work; here he proves a capable, if workmanlike picturebook creator.

While the text isn't terribly clever, the artwork is bold and friendly, and very easy to understand.

  • Give your kids responsibilities;
  • But the universality of the Central Park experience, along with the lovely, measured craftsmanship, make this a wonderful read;
  • This verges on the icky-sweet, but overall, it's a very nice "daddy book," about an engaged, active father who tilts towards emotional warmth and expressiveness;
  • From a little kid's point of view the artwork, showing them going to the beach and coming back, has enough drama and detail without having to worry about the thematic content;;;
  • Have patience with your children;
  • Periodically assess your life and change course if needed.

Good for younger readers. Alley Clarion, 2005 A father and daughter spend the day together, going to the beach, having fun, then coming home for some mac and cheese and off to sleep.

This verges on the icky-sweet, but overall, it's a very nice "daddy book," about an engaged, active father who tilts towards emotional warmth and expressiveness. The main literary device is to contrast things the daddy could do to what he actually does -- for example, when his daughter loses her shoe, he helps her find it, instead of sternly scolding her.

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The overall message is nice, although slightly problematic, since most of the things he doesn't do aren't actually all that bad like saying "sweet dreams! From a little kid's point of view the artwork, showing them going to the beach and coming back, has enough drama and detail without having to worry about the thematic content.

Nice book; it could also be seen as a book about single parenting since there is no mother anywhere to be seen. When I first picked this up, I thought, Oh, the appeal will probably be too limited: But the universality of the Central Park experience, along with the lovely, measured craftsmanship, make this a wonderful read.

The text and artwork intertwine and complement each other, although the pictures provide a solid second layer of the story. For a day-in-the-park book, this one's hard to beat.

Also works nicely as a "daddy book," since it's Pop who takes the boys to sail their boats on a languid summer day.

  • How would you treat your kids?
  • Write a book about fatherhood, or an article about how to be a better father;
  • Show your wife respect always.

A "The Daddy Book" Illustrated by Todd Parr Megan Tingley Books, 2002 These happy, friendly, brightly colored, cartoonish books sing the praise of playful, goofy parents, with equal time given to each gender. The simplicity and directness of the artwork is similar in its impact to the "Maisy" books, as is the plain, declarative writing.

Parr's work hints at a hipper world view, however, with dads that do housework and moms who ride rad-looking motorcycles. The Daddy Book is probably the most significant of the two, since it depicts fathers engaged in what are sadly still considered unmasculine activities, such as vacuuming and baking cookies. The Mommy Book scrupulously offers an equal-time version of almost exactly the same activities, although dressing up and shopping are two mommy-only events not seen in the other book.

There is a teensy, almost imperceptible bit of bias in favor of dad's, notably when a mom is seen singing and the kids frown and wince, as opposed to the big grins seen in The Daddy Book. This is really nitpicking, though: Most important, they are cheerful and fun to read. I'd recommend them single fatherhood in the movie big daddy kids under one year old -- once they can fully see color, they'll love this bold, vibrant artwork.

Parr has a bunch of other books, which I haven't checked out. Some, like The Peace Book, seem a little too ooey-gooey for me.

Didi and her dad run from adventure to adventure, talking all the while in their private language, meeting animals, watching musicians, playing with friends. It's an utterly joyful book, made all the more marvelous by Marie-Louise Gay's lively illustrations. I've read a lot of "daddy" books, and it's a real treat to find one that doesn't talk about golf, or trucks, or sports, or mowing the lawn. This is probably the closest any picturebook has come to capturing my own caretaker-friendship with my kid.

  • Make some snacks for the kids as a surprise;
  • Please leave a comment with your addition to this list of ways to be a better father.

Nice story about New York, too.