Picture Book for Father’s Day: Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean (Illustrations)


Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean (Illustrations)

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 29, 2014)

Genre: Picture book

Source: Author for review

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.

Inventively told through James Dean’s colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.

A surprising and touching view of a father’s love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I’m proud of you!

About the Author:

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children’s books. With Suzanne Williams she is the author of the popular Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and can be found at www.joanholub.com.

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About the Artist:

James Dean is the creator of Pete the Cat from the bestselling series. Before James started painting Pete the Cat as a full-time profession in 1999, he wanted to paint cars and trucks. James loves things that go, and he currently drives a 1971 VW bus camper and a 1959 Chevy truck. He worked as an electrical engineer for fifteen years before he decided to quit and try to make a living with his paintings. James lives with his wife, Kimberly, also an artist; five cats (Bob, Frida, FeFe, Audrey, and Abbey); and Little Emma the pug.


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My Thoughts on Mighty Dads:

There isn’t an author/illustrator combination that I’ve been this excited to see in a long time. Joan Holub is a wonderful children’s author, and of course, James Dean is nothing short of amazing. His illustrations are perfect for children’s books. Big, bold chunks of color give life to his wobbly, carefree drawings. I think kids like his art so much because it almost looks like something they could create. I love his artwork. It’s simple and uncomplicated, yet it’s vibrant and full of a unique personality that’s distinctly James Dean.

The writing is so also simple, with the same concept repeated on most pages.  The words work with the art really well and young kids will like the repeating rhythm. It’s written in rhyme, which is wonderful when it’s done right (and this book is). There are just a few lines on each page and the book moves along at a nice pace so kids won’t get squirmy. It’s a very sweet book about dads and the importance of a father in a child’s life.

This is a great addition to the small (but growing!) number of books about amazing dads.

Source: The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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