I Want My Daddy! Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Alison Edgson
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Format: Picture Books, Paperbacks

Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: March 2015

BISAC: JUV013030

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Jacketed Hardcover

Retail Price: $16.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-177-9

ISBN-10: 1-58925-177-6

Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 11"

Publication Date: September 2015

BISAC: JUV013030

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Paperback

Retail Price: $3.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-471-8

ISBN-10: 1-58925-471-6

Dimensions: 8" x 8"

Arthur is trying to build a castle, but it keeps falling down. "Too wobbly!" a frustrated Arthur says. "I want my daddy!' Then Arthur catches something in the "moat" at the playground, and it's too big and scary for Arthur to handle by himself. Luckily, Daddy is there to help!

When things go wrong, young ones usually cry out for mommy, but for one little mouse, "only Daddy will do." Arthur's day is filled with adventures, from building a castle to fishing for monsters, but also minor scrapes and frights. Daddy is always at the ready with hugs and encouraging words. Many children will relate to Arthur, a typical preschooler, running full steam on imagination and curiosity. Daddy, meanwhile, gives his son room to grow and learn but is there when Arthur calls. He is the kind of dad who can help fix a wobbly cardboard castle and also fix up snacks at the playground. Edgson's signature style is apparent here with adorably furry and friendly critters. The bright colors, along with close-ups of Arthur and his daddy, are truly inviting. Smaller vignettes carry the action along, complementing full-page spreads. Can one ever have too many charming father-son stories? Probably not. A delightful glimpse into a wonderful relationship. Mazza, April. 32. Booklist Online. Preschool-Kindergarten. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2015.<!--EndFragment--> 

When little mouse Arthur encounters trouble, he knows just whom to call--Daddy! Arthur, dressed up as a knight, is hard at work building a cardboard castle, but it keeps falling down. "Too wibbly," Arthur grumbles. "Too wobbly." So he and his red dragon toy go for help. Daddy proclaims, "This looks like a job for more than one knight." Arthur is delighted that his father is a "knight" too, and a refrain is introduced: "Knights together? Knights forever!" So father and son set to work on gluing ("castle cement") and painting the castle. The day continues with Arthur playing knights in various ways; with each mishap, a shout to Daddy brings him over, and the two always work out a satisfying solution. To show his appreciation, Arthur makes "a big, sparkly crown" for the king in his life. Daddy is surprised and scoops up his son. "Hugs together?" Daddy asks. "Hugs forever!" Arthur responds. Corderoy's text has an ingenuous tone that will help the readers connect directly to her character, and Edgson's pictures show cuddly stuffed-animal-like characters full of charm. With the oversize format and spreads that include full-page close-ups as well as engaging spot illustrations, this will work as well in storytimes as one-on-one. This companion to I Want My Mommy! (2013) offers a charming story about father-child bonding. (Picture book. 3-6). 32pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2015.

This companion to I Want My Mommy (Tiger Tales, 2013) describes all the times a young mouse needs his daddy. Arthur pretends to be a knight, with his father playing along on his quests and helping out during the rough patches. Arthur conquers everything from castle building to charging around on a "horse" before going to the best castle of them all, the park. A particularly sweet and funny moment occurs when Arthur and his father attempt to fish for monsters; children will enjoy the surprise that pops out of the water. The soft acrylic illustrations are expressive and wonderfully showcase the story's action. VERDICT Purchase if Father's Day displays need additional titles. Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI. 32p. Toddler-PreS. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2015.<!--EndFragment-->