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It's Great Being a Dad

By Dan Bar-el, Gina Perry (By (artist))

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Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Published In: Canada, 04 April 2017
A gang of mythical creatures is roaming around a magical land having a great time, until Bigfoot gets his foot stuck in a tree trunk and Unicorn gets her horn impaled on a table and Robot's saw-arm gets rusted into position. But have no fear! Dad is there to fix things - even when a Sneaky Flying Alligator Pirate steals the Fairy Queen Ballerina Doctor's wand. A hilarious story about imagination, play and the best parts about being a dad.

About the Author

DAN BAR-EL is an award-winning children's author, educator and storyteller who has published chapter books, picture books, and graphic novels.Over the past twenty-one years, he has worked with children ages 3 to 13 as a school age childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a creative drama and a creative writing teacher. Dan lives in Vancouver with Dominique, and Sasha, the best cat in the known universe. GINA PERRY graduated from Syracuse University, worked as a compositor in animation, and as an art director creating products for the scrapbooking market.Today she lives, works, and raises a family in New Hampshire, where trees are the tallest obstacles to the sea. She likes yarn and table tennis.

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PRAISE FOR It's Great Being a Dad "Perry's wide-eyed, brightly colored fantasy creations wonderfully evoke a pretend-play world where anything can happen but plenty still goes awry, and Bar-el's (Audrey [Cow]) deadpan narrative delivers laughs on every page." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly "[A] very different kind of celebration of Father's Day: one which revolves around a unicorn, a ballerina, and a helpful father . . . A zany set of encounters challenges even this special father in a fun story with unpredictable characters and dilemmas." --Midwest Book Review "The imaginations of our children are as diverse as their personalities. Whether they're unicorns, Bigfoot, robots or fairy queen doctors, they all need rescuing from time to time. And the greatest one in the land, who comes to save the day, is Dad! Who wouldn't want to be a dad?" --Story Monsters Ink Magazine PRAISE FOR Audrey (Cow) "Move aside Wilbur and Babe. There's a new farmyard hero in town, and she has no desire to end up hamburger . . . Part Great Escape, part Hatchet, part Charlotte's Web, all wonderful." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews "Thoroughly charming." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly "[P]urely delightful . . . At its heart, Audrey (Cow) encourages kids to think even as it entertains - the mark of wonderful children's literature." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire "This is no simple farm story; it is a powerful tale that takes a philosophical stance against today's meat industry . . . A unique approach to a sensitive topic." --Starred Review, School Library Journal PRAISE FOR Audrey Cow "Move aside Wilbur and Babe. There's a new farmyard hero in town, and she has no desire to end up hamburger. In a multiple-perspective, documentary-like format, each animal tells its part of the story with terrific humor and personality. ...the many voices make the book an ideal read-aloud for a classroom and ideal fodder for readers' theatre. Bar-el is also unafraid to engage in truly lovely descriptive writing. Part Great Escape, part Hatchet, part Charlotte's Web, all wonderful." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews..".[a] cleverly constructed story.... Bar-el creates a humorous chorus of perspectives, temperaments, dialects, and cadences..... Thoroughly charming...." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly"Animal Farm meets The Great Escape.... The back-and-forth among the characters is over the top... but Bar-el pulls it off with great charm. The result is purely delightful, as are Tatjana Mai-Wyss's appropriately vintage-looking spot illustrations. The short first-person passages help move the story along, ending with a comedy-of-errors that culminates in Audrey happily living out her days at an animal sanctuary. Bar-el manages to gently and thoughtfully introduce kids to the concept of the abattoir while also underscoring that a farm's very purpose is producing food. At its heart, Audrey (Cow) encourages kids to think even as it entertains - the mark of wonderful children's literature."--Starred Review, Quill and Quire"This is no simple farm story; it is a powerful tale that takes a philosophical stance against today's meat industry. Written in transcripts of interviews from the perspective of various animal and human characters, the book emphasizes the emotional reactions of those surrounding Audrey. These monologues give readers the opportunity to discern different perspectives about the same events. Readers must make conclusions and predictions about the events, weighing the relative reliability of the various narrators. A unique approach to a sensitive topic."--Starred Review, School Library Journal " " PRAISE FOR "Audrey Cow" "Move aside Wilbur and Babe. There's a new farmyard hero in town, and she has no desire to end up hamburger. In a multiple-perspective, documentary-like format, each animal tells its part of the story with terrific humor and personality. ...the many voices make the book an ideal read-aloud for a classroom and ideal fodder for readers' theatre. Bar-el is also unafraid to engage in truly lovely descriptive writing. Part Great Escape, part Hatchet, part Charlotte's Web, all wonderful." --Starred Review, "Kirkus Reviews"..".[a] cleverly constructed story.... Bar-el creates a humorous chorus of perspectives, temperaments, dialects, and cadences..... Thoroughly charming...." --Starred Review, "Publishers Weekly""Animal Farm meets The Great Escape.... The back-and-forth among the characters is over the top... but Bar-el pulls it off with great charm. The result is purely delightful, as are Tatjana Mai-Wyss's appropriately vintage-looking spot illustrations. The short first-person passages help move the story along, ending with a comedy-of-errors that culminates in Audrey happily living out her days at an animal sanctuary. Bar-el manages to gently and thoughtfully introduce kids to the concept of the abattoir while also underscoring that a farm's very purpose is producing food. At its heart, Audrey (Cow) encourages kids to think even as it entertains - the mark of wonderful children's literature."--Starred Review, "Quill and Quire""This is no simple farm story; it is a powerful tale that takes a philosophical stance against today's meat industry. Written in transcripts of interviews from the perspective of various animal and human characters, the book emphasizes the emotional reactions of those surrounding Audrey. These monologues give readers the opportunity to discern different perspectives about the same events. Readers must make conclusions and predictions about the events, weighing the relative reliability of the various narrators. A unique approach to a sensitive topic."--Starred Review, "School Library Journal" ""

EAN: 9781770496057
ISBN: 177049605X
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
Dimensions: 22.86 x 27.94 x 0.76 centimetres (0.57 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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