My Dad is Big and Strong, BUT...
My Dad is Big and Strong, BUT...
Written by Coralie Saudo
Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
Translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Every night it’s the same old thing, with dad refusing to go to bed. He wants to play, read stories, even sleep with me, and when he makes his pleading face, I always give in and read him another story. But that’s it, since enough is enough. When it gets really tough, I tell myself, "Have courage. We’re almost there."
A boy’s playful account of trying to put his dad to sleep gives children a delightful heads up on what a pain they can be at bedtime, while affirming the tender bond between father and son.
A joyful, sweet, laughter-inducing book that children will clamor to read again and again!
5.5" (W) x 12" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
★ “Saudo’s faux adult patter, translated persuasively by Bedrick, is dead on (‘We said one story, and we’ve already read two. That’s enough for tonight’). Go to F**k to Sleep tried to convey a difficulty of the bedtime routine for parents; this is more imaginative, and can actually be read aloud to children.” ―STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
"Inventively illustrated and impossibly adorable, this is a book children will gobble up. And ask for again." ―Pamela Paul, The New York Times
“Young insomniacs will recognize themselves in the antics of the oversized dad and enjoy poring over the naively drawn details found on every page.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"A turning of the tables and charming artwork set this warm and funny bedtime book apart from its kin [...] A guaranteed bedtime winner." ―Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness
"...one of the most charming and engaging picture books to hike down the pike in years. A story that upsets expectations but retains its heart, this is the perfect bedtime fare for any kiddo that rejects the very notion of going to sleep (and who has a sense of humor). The art itself is just a delight. [...] Finally, from an aesthetic standpoint I couldn’t help but love that the pages of the book itself were thick and sturdy. They make it feel like it’s worthy of holding on to and treasuring. This book is a true original in the best sense. Consider it your own little secret weapon on the war on bedtime. A find." ―Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production
”’One more story pleeease, just one more!’ begs the dad who won’t go to sleep at bedtime. Told in first person by his exasperated son, and wonderfully inventive in both story and illustration technique, this reversal of fortunes will delight and amuse all young readers.” —Foreword Reviews
“My Dad is Big and Strong, But… is a simple and delightful story. The role reversal is amusing for both adult readers and children, who will recognize themselves in the opposite role—as the child scolding the dad for not going to bed or as the father using every excuse not to go to bed. […] An entertaining concept that is carried off exceptionally well and will lead to many repeated readings at bedtime. Highly recommended.” —Curled Up With a Good Kid’s Book
”This picture book has a wonderful charm about it that really works. While there are other books that turn the parent/child relationship around, this one does it with a gentleness and honest joyfulness that is simply lovely. A large part of this is the tone of the writing. The sentence structure also works well, showing the skill of the translation. The book plays with so many of the stereotypes of getting children to sleep that it is a delight to share with children. … Giacomo’s illustrations keep the size of the father and son as different as possible. As you can see from the cover, the boy is quite small. It is that size difference that adds so much humor to the illustrations, especially when the father is sitting on the boy’s lap for a story. Another wonderful whimsical touch is the way the father heads to bed in hat and tie, rather than pajamas. … Doing a pajama or bedtime story time? This book would work very well there. It is also a great pick for bedtime snuggles, though you might find yourself on your child’s lap just to try it out.” —Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells
”Children will request multiple readings of this hilarious book and giggle with glee as dad tries to stall bedtime.” —Deanna Day, Washington State University Vancouver, International Literacy Association