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Whether they're working at home or working far away, teaching you how towalk or how to ride a skateboard, wearing suits or wearing two different socks,daddies can be pretty cool. With childlike smiling stick figures, bold,brilliant color, and upbeat text, picture-book creator Todd Parr celebrates thediverse, wonderful world of fathers in The Daddy Book. As in his Mommy Book, Parr focuses on thedifferences between individual parents ("Some daddies make cookies. Some daddiesstop for doughnuts."), but brings it all together every few pages with lineslike, "All daddies love to kiss and hug you!" or "All daddies like to watch yousleep!" Parr's quirky artwork and eternally optimistic--yet neversaccharine--books are truly irresistible, for both grownups and kids. Don't missany of his friendly, esteem-boosting titles: The Best Friends Book, It's Okay to Be Different,Underwear Do's andDon'ts, and lots more. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
Todd Parr has created 12 books for children, as well as designs for numerous popular products including children's games, furniture, clothing, bedding, and school supplies.