Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter Series)

Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter Series)

by Mercer Mayer


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Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day . . . or any day!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307118394
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Series: Look-Look Series
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 23,776
Product dimensions: 2.64(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since then, he has published over 300 titles. Readers can open almost any of his award-winning books and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer created one of children’s books most cherished characters, Little Critter. He currently lives in Connecticut.

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Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Little Critters in the book are a cross between trolls, bears, and porcupines . . . and they certainly are humorous to consider. This book is perfect for the 2-5 year old set. As your child gets older, this book will also make a good beginning reader. The idea of going camping alone with Dad will be encouraged by the story (especially if you reassure your child that bears are unlikely to take her or his fish). While many people would assume this is about a father and son, there is no language to say so. Only the blue overalls give any hint of sex, so I think the book will work well for daughters. The story involves a camping trip. Mom waves goodbye, and the father and child are off. The father lets the child participate in as many ways as possible, even though it doesn't always work out. For example, the spot the child picks out to camp on turns out to be occupied by a porcupine and a snake! The high point of the trip is when the child catches a fish. Dad takes a picture, and the child starts to cook the fish. Then the bear comes and snatches the fish out of the frying pan! I know from our children that fishing seems to provide endless fascination at this age. We always taught our children to carefully release the fish. Eating them is good too. The book ends with 'We slept in our tent all night long -- just me and my dad.' At these ages, children are not always eager to do things without Mom. But Mom needs a break sometimes, and many Dads love to do a little direct bonding which this book will encourage. The illustrations are bright, lovingly detailed, and humorous in as many ways as possible. They are rendered in either gouache or water color. I couldn't quite tell which medium was used. Of special note are a tiny cricket or grasshopper and a spider that humorously accompany the father and child. This illustrated story within a story is worth the price of the book alone. Small children will naturally gravitate towards these little creatures and want to point them out with their tiny fingers. Make wonderful laughing connections with this book! After your child is comfortable with it, I suggest that you plan a little camping trip to find out how your child likes the actual experience. Naturally, some fishing might be in order! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
chloes_gma More than 1 year ago
I bought all the Mercer Mayer books for my children and now I am buying them for my grandchildren. They are timeless. Kids love looking for the little critters on the pages as well as learning more about themselves and life's small lessons. We read them over and over again. I recommend all of the Mercer Mayer books. Our favorite is "I Was So Mad"
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A testament to the importance of dads.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Critter goes hiking with his father, entering the adventure with all the enthusiasm and clumsiness of a child. They fish, set up a tent, and tell scary stories in the dark. The story is told, as always, from little critter's perspective. His statements are either hilarious understatements, such as simply saying that the first tent spot was already occupied while the picture shows a very angry animal chasing them away, or childish misrepresentations of the actual event, like saying that the story scared his dad but a hug made him feel better, when clearly the little critter was the scared one in need of a hug. I laughed when he said that he launched the boat a little too hard, and we see that it is half sunk in the lake. I also really liked that Mayer had a full two page spread to show the bear stealing their dinner. In this series, the pictures are as important as the words. A bonus with this book is that it features time spent with dad; although fathers are making a resurgence in picture books these days, the majority of children's literature used to show more mother relationships. I like presenting books that explore many family dynamics. Another great story for read alouds with my daughters.
phyllistinefoster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is boy (beaver) who goes on a camping trip with his dad. He is so happy because it is just him and his dad. They find a camp and make a camp fire. they go fishing. They do everything that people do when they go camping and this little boy is so happy because it is just him and his dad. the boy is enjoying doing big boy things with his dad. I enjoyed this book because the it showed a little boy trying to be independent and do big boy things. He is gaining his independence. We could have a group discussion on independence, talk about what people do on camping trips and talk about things we like to do with our father's on special days like Father's Day.
ampitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is a great book to read for fathers day to k-4th graders
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Critter goes on a camping trip with Dad. With his usual cute misinterpretations, Little Critter tells the story, rounded out with a few explanatory pictures. They have a few mishaps, but a good time.Lesson plan idea:For Father's Day, read story- tell the students that it describes a time Little Critter spent with his father that was very special. Have them write a story, draw a picture, etc. of a special time with Dad, a special thing they do with Dad, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book as a toddler. We recently purchased the book for a 2 year old friend. My son wanted to read it again! He had fond memories of reading it over and over and over.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to buy this for a new (first) baby shower gift. The dads really like it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes many of the fun times and mishaps that I and my son have whenever I bring him somewhere when it's just the two of us. But, like in the book, it's all in a day's adventure, and we laugh about it later. A great book for all fathers and sons, especially dads and sons, or daughters, who don't see each other that often.