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A young child starts off this laugh-out-loud picture book by listing all the ways his dad is NOT a superhero: he can't leap tall buildings, run faster than a speeding bullet, or shoot webs out of his wrists.
Each spread illustrates how Dad doesn't have super powers but is still a hero at heart. The sweet ending depicts all the cool-if not super-activities Dad does do with the child, like throwing a baseball, playing checkers and going toy shopping.
Ethan Long's spot-on artwork perfectly accompanies this super funny and super sweet story.
Praise for Ethan Long:
"A nicely illustrated tale that speaks volumes about the bond between a dad and his son...a great story that will be perfect as a gift for any dad or son." -The New York Journal of Books
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Ethan Long is an author and illustrator whose titles include Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul, The Riot Brothers series by Mary Amato, and his own creations, Stop Kissing Me! and Tickle the Duck! Ethan's work has also appeared on TV: Farm Force won a Nextoons award in 2005 and ZeFronk premiered on Playhouse Disney in 2008.Review:
""It's a savvy move to compare dads and superheroes... Long knows how to poke just enough fun at Dad without crossing the line into buffoonery; despite his foibles, the boy's father clearly does one thing very well: "My dad does spend a lot of time with me." At the end of the day...the little boy knows exactly who his real hero is." - Booklist" - Booklist
""Dads are often elevated to superhero status in the eyes of their kids, but Long turns this concept on its ear with hilarious results. Choosing a cartoon style and humor equally reminiscent of both Mo Willems and Garfield of comic-strip fame...this title aims at the funny bone. ...after the son comes to the end of his amusing list of what dad is unable to do, readers can laugh equally hard at dad's attempts to be the best father possible. Parents will chuckle with empathy at dad's comedic, stretched-thin patience as he spends quality time with his son. All ends well with a big hug and no doubt that this dad is "really super.../ and definitely" a "hero."" - Kirkus" - Kirkus
""Powered by a Roy Lichtenstein meets Sunday funnies aesthetic and a self-effacing sense of humor, Long's story is sincere without being saccharine--which dads will appreciate. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)" - Publishers Weekly" - Publishers Weekly
""Whether you're a little kid or just one in Daddy's eyes, this book is a definite delight. If you're looking for a cute way to celebrate Father's Day, "My Dad, My Hero" is just super." - The Bookworm" - Bookworm Sez
""...a sweetly funny children's picture book about dads who may not have superpowers but win their kids' admiration anyway." - St. Petersburg Times" - St. Petersburg Times
""This book is absolutely charming and helps show children the greatest thing a Dad can do is to spend time with them! My boys loved this book and laughed out loud several times!" - MommyPR" - MommyPR
""...shows us that Dad is still a hero at heart who does plenty of "super"-activities...." - Mom Most Traveled" - Mom Most Traveled
""The bold, graphic art and tongue-in-cheek text subjects dad to some good-natured ribbing, but makes it clear that even though he falls short of superhero status...he is tops where it counts -as a father who spends time with his offspring." - Windsor Star" - Bernie Goedhart, Postmedia News
""This book is written in a very clever way...it makes fun of dad while immortalizing him as the same time." - Z's Space Reivews" - Z's Space Reviews
"""...a sweetly funny children's picture book about dads who may not have superpowers but win their kids' admiration anyway." - Watertown Daily Times" - Watertown Daily Times
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