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Mighty dads
First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Reading Level:
AD 510 L Lexile
Added Author:
Told in simple rhyming text, hard-working construction vehicle fathers guide and encourage their children.


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Book EASY HOL 1 1
Book EASY HOL 1 1

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A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.Mighty dads, strong and tall,help their children, young and small.They keep them safe and bolted tightand show them how to build things right.Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you!

Author Notes

Author Joan Holub graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree. She illustrated her first published children's book in 1992 and began illustrating full time, shortly thereafter. She sold her first two manuscripts in 1996 and has since become a full time author. She has written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including the Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training Series. Her title Mighty Dads, illustrated by James Dean, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The dads at this construction site teach by example and encourage their youngsters to strive to do their best. For example, there's Excavator Big, who "helps little Vator dig./They go/ scoop,/scoop,/scoop." The patterned text continues in this vein, "Steamroller Brave/shows little Roller how to pave./They go roll,/roll,/ roll." Other father-and-son teams include Bulldozer and Dozy, Boom Truck and Boomer, Cement Mixer and Mixie, Dump Truck and Dumpy, Backhoe and Hoe-Hoe, Grader and Grady, Forklift and Forky. The action verbs and sound effects (crash, bang, boom!) abound as the adults demonstrate how to get jobs done and extol the virtues of being "strong," "steady," and "true-blue," in addition to being "brave" and "wise." The heavy-outlined cartoon artwork depicts the machines prominently profiled and personified on the page with a simply drawn eye in the passenger-side window or windshield (the only white space on most spreads). There is nothing out of the ordinary about the rhyme or the artwork, but the message of "Mighty Dads say,/'I'm proud of you!/ Tomorrow let's build/something new!'" is just the ticket for vehicle-obsessed youngsters who can't get enough of construction play.-Luann Toth, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Like father, like son" holds true even when Dad and Junior are heavy-duty construction equipment. "Dump Truck Sturdy/ teaches Dumpy to get dirty/ They go fill, drive, dump," writes Holub (Little Red Writing), as Pete the Cat creator Dean shows a hulking blue and red truck create an impressive mountain while his offspring makes an adorable molehill. Like the best 21st-century human dads, the vehicles don't just show their kids the ropes-they also offer plenty of TLC ("Cement Mixer Busy/ gives a hug if Mixie's dizzy") and affirmation ("Forklift Wise/ cheers whenever Forky tries"). Dean's decision to anthropomorphize the construction equipment solely through a highly stylized, often single, forward-facing eye takes some getting used to-imagine a cross between the Eye of Providence on the dollar bill and a Egyptian hieroglyph. But his construction sign-inspired palette and ability to convey calm, steady affection between parent and progeny quickly outweighs this visual idiosyncrasy, making this a book worthy of any young armchair foreman. Ages 3-5. Author's agent: Liza Pulitzer Voges, Eden Street Literary. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Boom Truck Tall / helps Boomer crash a wall. / They go / crash, / bang, / boom!" A series of occasionally disorienting rhymes describe the work of father trucks and their lookalike apprentice offspring. The illustrations (by Pete the Cat's creator) have a studied coarseness about them and will please kids and parents alike. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

The author of Little Red Writing (2013) and Zero the Hero (2012) offers an ode to construction vehicles and their offspring. Using rhymed couplets and action verbs, 10 spreads introduce individual heavy machines and their functions: Excavator Big / helps little Vator dig. / They go / scoop, / scoop, / scoop. Dean, best known for the Pete the Cat books, depicts both large and small versions of vehicles doing their thing. Throughout, each is realistically portrayed, save for anthropomorphizing eyes. The colorful artwork also includes interesting details (motor oil, toolbox, construction cones) without becoming cluttered. Once everyone is introduced, the young ones join their dads at work, and at the end of the day, Mighty Dads say, / I'm proud of you! / Tomorrow let's build / something new!' This makes for a perfect choice for story hours the vivid verbs demand to be chanted and dramatized and pairs nicely with Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011) or Kate Banks' more realistic The Night Worker (2000).--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist