Because Your Daddy Loves You

by Andrew Clements (Author) R W Alley (Illustrator)

Because Your Daddy Loves You
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas--a lost shoe, a ball that floats too far out into the water, a drippy ice-cream cone. These can be frustrating events for both child and parent, but the daddy in this book finds a way to fix each problem, lovingly and patiently. Why? Because he loves his little girl, of course! This spot-on pairing of words and images is a warm, reassuring, and humorous tribute to dads everywhere.

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K-Gr 2 -This book pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience. Instead of hurrying along, scolding, or ignoring his daughter, this daddy takes time, understands, and pays attention. The two spend the day at the seashore, where the father rescues his child from a slew of mishaps. The repetition of the phrase -your daddy could say...But he doesn't, - as in -your daddy could say, /We've read that old story/ over and over./But he doesn't, - reinforces the theme, and the color cartoon illustrations echo the lighthearted mood. Some children may relate to this depiction of fatherhood, but many will know that real dads do not always live up to these idealized expectations. Unlike Clements's previous work, this book belongs to the genre of sentimental keepsakes." -Holly T. Sneeringer, University of Maryland, Baltimore" Copyright 2005 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"Pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience...the color cartoon illustrations echo the lighthearted mood." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Andrew Clements
Andrew Clements (1949-2019) was the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he was nominated for a multitude of state awards, including a Christopher Award and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He was also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. Find out more at

Adam Stower has a rich imagination and loves fantasy and adventure stories. He studied illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton, and lives with his daughter in Brighton, England.
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Clarion Books
Publication date
April 20, 2005
Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award
Nominee 2007 - 2008

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