I Want My Dad!
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About the Author
Tony Ross has illustrated many favorite books for children, including Lynne Reid Banks's Harry the Poisonous Centipede titles, the popular series about extra-terrestrial teacher Dr. Xargle by Jeanne Willis, and the Amber Brown books by Paula Danziger. Tony Ross lives in Cheshire, England.
"Ross's pint-size Little Princess wishes that her dad, the King, could be more like other fathers--a ragtag group of palace employees. While the Cook bakes his son elaborate cakes, 'even the dog would not eat the famous burned-black cakes that her dad baked.' The General teaches his son to ride a pony, but the King is allergic. The Admiral teaches his daughter to swim; the King wears water wings in the bath. The Gardener takes his children on forest adventures, but 'the King got lost on his way to bed.' Under the tutelage of an overzealous maid, the Little Princess learns to bake, swim, and ride a pony and goes for a nature walk, all with disastrous results, leading her to embrace her dad and all of his humdrum habits. Ross's idiosyncratic royals and distinctive pencil and watercolor art relay the message that there's no father like one's very own."--Publishers Weekly--Journal
Two fine new picture book offerings from this press are highly recommended picks for picture book readers looking for different entertainment. Young dinosaur lovers will relish Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross's The T-Rex Who Lost His Specs! (9781541514560, $17.99), a fun story of a poor blind dinosaur who "can't tell toast from toasted slippers or a towel from an owl" without them. As he looks, his friends help in this fun, rollicking rhyme of discovery. Tony Ross also writes I Want My Dad! (9781541514539, $17.99), which joins others in his Little Princess series about a girl who is proud of her father, the King, who is better than all other dads...for the most part. As her father's faults grow, his little princess learns a lesson in love in this fun story of a stubborn little girl's love for her father.--Website