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THE DADDY MOUNTAIN

Author: Jules Feiffer

Illustrator: Jules Feiffer

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Publisher: Hyperion,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is a long, difficult climb from the tops of Daddy's toes to the tippy-top of Daddy's head. If you don't move up carefully, catastrophe awaits. This is a story that puts into pictures and words how every child envisions the parental jungle gym!

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Started reading with a child when she was 3 years old. This is still a favorite at 7.

Young Reader Reaction: The story only affirmed our preschooler's 'right' to climb on Daddy…and gave her more ideas on how do do it. Needless to say, s/he uses her imagination to bring the story to life.

Adult Reader Reaction: The book lays out exactly how Daddy (or Mommy) feel when a little person wants to be a TALL person. It's a fun read. The story Daddy must be the most pain tolerant, patient man in the world! Mommy fainting at the end is a little over the top.

Pros: The pictures say it all, even without the narration. The story makes tangible the ideas in a preschooler's imagination.

Cons: None, really, but be forewarned that the book could well encourage new ways to play!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. There are few must-have Daddy books, and this is a sweet one. It's a perfect gift from a child to Daddy, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: YOU ARE MY I LOVE YOU   WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DADDY   H IS FOR HOME RUN; A BASEBALL ALPHABET

Educational Themes: This is a toughy. You might be able to use the pictures to illustrate safe play or remind kids that this is a Daddy-and-me game (I.e., not other adults).

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2005

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