Perfect Picture Book Friday! Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa and a GIVE AWAY!!!

24 May

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think it describes my Dad. 😉

becauseimdadBecause I’m Your Dad

By Ahmet Zappa

Illustrated by Dan Santat

1 – 5 years -32 pages

Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 2, 2013

Theme/Topic – parents (Dad)/love

Opening and Synopsis – 

“Because I’m your dad…

… you’re gonna get tickled.”

A dad and child monster do all the fun things that a dad does with his kid! From having spaghetti for breakfast to making mud forts, to being there when his kid needs him, this book talks about how cool dads can be.

Why I liked this book – This book is AWESOME! I like that it sounds a LOT like my dad! Especially when it shows the kid watching a movie and the dad asleep and the Dad on the pogo stick – that’s totally my Dad! 😉 The illustrations are awesome! I like that this book has the dad and kid being monsters because it can be ANYONE (boy, girl, any nationality)! I love the goofy things the dad does with his kid and how he shows he cares.  😀 This is a great book for father’s day or any day for that matter.

Activities and Resources –

On the National Fatherhood Initiative website there is a whole list of suggested dad-kid activities. Click HERE to go to the list.

My Dad got all excited when he saw Ahmet Zappa wrote this book. He explained to me who Frank Zappa (Ahmet’s Dad) was. It says in the book that Ahmet Zappa wrote the book describing his Dad. 🙂 That’s pretty cool.


The publisher of this book has offered to give away TWO copies of “Because I’m Your Dad” to TWO of my lucky blog readers! All you have to do is leave a comment in the section below and you are entered. The contest is opened until Thursday May 30th and I will announce the winners (randomly drawn from a hat by little sister Josie) on Friday May 31st!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

42 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa and a GIVE AWAY!!!”

  1. timothydavis229 May 24, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    LOL! Just like your own Dad. What a great review. = )


  2. Susanna Leonard Hill May 24, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    This book sounds wonderful, Erik! I love that it’s written my Ahmet Zappa (who totally lost the name game to his sister Moon Unit :)) I would love to be a lucky winner 🙂 I like your rationale for why you like the monster characters – I agree completely! Thanks for adding this one to our list 🙂


  3. Wendy Greenley May 24, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    This book sounds wonderful and I hope to get my hands on a copy. We hear about so many bad celebrity books, it’s nice to hear about one that’s a winner. As a parent, I can relate to trying to demonstrate things to my kids (like the pogo stick) better left to my youth!


  4. Patricia Tilton May 24, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    You must have a great Dad! How much do you like this book, Erik? LOL It does sound like a fun book for kids. And, it also demonstrates how important it is for Dads to be involved with their kids. And, it’s funny.


  5. aliciafinnnoack May 24, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    What a great review. This books sounds great. I like children’s books about dads 🙂


  6. Catherine Johnson May 24, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Wow what an awesomegiveaway. Everywhere I look there’s a Dan Santat book, he’s a megastar!


  7. Genevieve Petrillo May 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Your dad sounds awesome, Erik! I don’t have a dad, so usually, Mom is my dad.

    Love and licks,


  8. Patricia May 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Sounds like a great book for Father’s Day reading with Dad!


  9. julie rowan zoch May 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I knew you’re Dad must be special! And I love the nickname smushy!


  10. readingwithrhythm May 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    What a great book! I have an awesome Dad Person too! He’s always ready with a treat or a tennis ball. And he loves to go to the river! I’ve never seen him on a pogo stick though. This sounds like a good Dad’s Day read. Happy Dad’s day to your awesome Dad!


  11. Barbara May 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Great review Erik! I hope I win this for my class. It sounds so cool.


  12. K.L. Pickett May 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    My son just became a dad again for the second time. This will be a perfect gift for him. Thanks for sharing it!


  13. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog May 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    The illustrations look adorable and the story sounds great too! Thanks so much for reviewing this one and introducing me to it. 🙂


  14. My Color Friends May 25, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Ahh! Sounds like a keeper, win or not, i think i will hunt it down!


  15. Diane M. Robinson May 25, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    This does sound like a wonderful book, and great illustrations. Thanks for the review, Erik.


  16. Joanne Roberts May 25, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Dan Santat is EVERYWHERE! This looks like another good one. Thanks. You can never have enough books about dads. Hmm. . . Father’s Day is coming up . . .


  17. Niamh Clune May 27, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    I’m with your dad on this one. I am also a fan of Frank Zappa! he must have been one crazy dad. So I am sure that Ahmet has been surrounded by some zany influences.


  18. laurimeyers May 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    You know, it’s those dads serving spaghetti for breakfast that make life tough on moms. How do I beat that? Ice cream for lunch? No, still sounds boring versus spaghetti for breakfast!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 28, 2013 at 5:48 am #

      Ice cream for lunch is pretty good! *stomach growls* Do I get sprinkles with it? 😉


  19. May 29, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Great review. I love the illustrations in this book. 🙂


  20. Diann May 30, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Can’t wait to get one for our school library!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      I hope you find it! 😀


      • Diann Parker June 2, 2013 at 8:54 am #

        Thanks to your contest, our school is a WINNER! I am thrilled to be chosen by Josie (thanks so much, Josie!) We have 4 more days of school this week also. Gearing up for the Summer Reading program at the public libraries of Wisconsin, where the theme is ‘Dig Into Reading’.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

        Congrats! Glad it is to a good cause!


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