A dad and daughter take pretending to an adorable extreme in this funny book that's perfect for Father's Day.
It’s easy to be a tree. Just pretend your arms are branches, your body is a trunk, and your legs are roots. Don’t move, even if a bird makes a nest on your head, a squirrel hides an acorn in your pocket, and a spider builds a web under your arm. It’s OK: Trees don’t mind those things. Or so says the little girl who persuades her father to be a tree all day long,
no matter what, even in the rain!
This silly and sweet picture book will inspire all kinds of imaginative play and is a tribute to parents who will do just about anything
for their kids.
May 2, 2023
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD470L | Fountas/Pinnell: K
Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book
Honor winner It's Only Stanley
and the ALA Notable Books Little Santa
, Milo's Hat Trick
, and The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau
, and a series of popular wordplay books including the IRA-CBC Children's Choice book of palindromes, Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!
Jon grew up along the Hudson River in Nyack, New York, and went to college at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where he studied painting and filmmaking. Now a full-time author, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Audrey.
"Dad’s the straight man here, and Agee is unafraid to have him deadpan a look right at viewers when situations become particularly wacky. Accompanied by textured, collagelike visuals, this is an amusing little ode to the extent to which dads sometimes go above and beyond . . . A fun paean to fathers willing to go the extra mile for their nature-loving kids." —Kirkus
"Both a satisfying role-reversal comedy, as Madeleine cheerfully bulldozes hapless Dad, and a quirky meditation on the human capacity for transformation." —Publishers Weekly
"Agee illustrates the story in beautifully simple strokes, employing his trademark style through a softly bright color palette . . . Kids will be tickled by the playful premise and the control exerted by the child over the parent. A fun, funny lap read—but dads beware." —Booklist
"Agee keeps the compositions and dialogue uncluttered and unfussy, and children will delight in the visual hyperbole—the growing number of creatures who pile on Dad. This entertaining story expresses what children know so well: playing outside can be filled with surprises." —Horn Book