Jan Ormerod Molly and Her Dad

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Molly and Her Dad

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MOLLY TALKS ABOUT HER DAD CONSTANTLY.

He’s a famous artist! He’s been to space! He can make anything!

But what she doesn’t tell her classmates is that all she really knows about her dad is what he looks like in photographs.  When Molly finally meets her father for the first time, she’s disappointed that he’s nothing like the tall tales she invented. What will her classmates say when she brings him for show-and-tell? But Molly’s dad has some tricks up his sleeve, and he turns out to be better than an astronaut or an artist. He’s an amazing storyteller—just like Molly. Thompson’s expressive lines dance with Ormerod’s energetic characters in this poignant tale of parent and child.

Molly and Her Dad is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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About the Author:

JAN ORMEROD is world-renowned for her work as bothan author and artist of over 50 books for children, includingthe titles SUNSHINE (winner of the Mother Goose Award) andMOONLIGHT. She lives in London.

 

CAROL THOMPSON is internationally known for themany picture books she’s illustrated. Her illustrations haveearned her awards including the Frank Warner Golf Award, theMother Goose Award for Children’s Book Illustrations, and theOppenheim Gold Award. Carol lives in England with her husband and three sons.

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Molly's dad lives "a whole plane ride away." Lacking knowledge about his interests and livelihood, she invents grand tales when other fathers visit her school to share their talents. When her mother goes on a trip, he arrives to care for her. His boisterous personality, spicy cooking, and silly nicknames overwhelm her at first, and her anxiety about getting to school on time and in one piece (on his bicycle) is palpable. The tension is alleviated by the enthusiastic approval of her classmates as they respond to his songs and stories. Her supportive teacher points out that father and daughter are "two peas in a pod." Ormerod's text displays her characteristic sensitivity to the emotional mood swings of youngsters, and Thompson's dynamic mixed-media compositions underscore the affective elements. Endpapers portray Molly using face paints, a mirror, and a photograph of her parent to understand how they are alike; thick black eyebrows and a mustache are part of the fun. Colors are introduced and linked to the characters as well. The intense Molly is clad in bright red, while her nurturing daddy wears an oversize yellow-green shirt that remains with Molly after he leaves. Loose, breezy lines and the frequent use of smudges (charcoal?) on animate and inanimate objects create the perfect degree of visual untidiness to match the protagonists' lively lives. The story is warm and tender, and oh so satisfying as the two adapt and snuggle and love one another.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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