Gator Dad: Tons of Fun Without the Teeth

Book Review, Picture Books
Gator Dad by Brian Lies | #kidlit

Gator Dad | #kidlit

Gator Dad by Brian Lies

Age Range: 4 – 7 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 3 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2016)

About the Book:

From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day. Presented by New York Times bestselling author Brian Lies (Bats at the Beach), this heartwarming story demonstrates a series of very special ways children can connect with their fathers and should appeal to parents and little readers everywhere.


About the Author:

BRIAN LIES is the award-winning author-illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. In addition, he has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family.

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My Thoughts on Gator Dad:

What kinds of adventures can dad take you on? Quite a few. This dad takes his kids on errands, to the park, and uses imagination and good old dad-ness to make it awesome. At the end of the day, they head home to snuggle up, read a book, and fall asleep.

Gator Dad is a look at the special bond between a father and his kids. I am so happy to see more books like this on the market. Dads have often been overlooked in the world of children’s books, and it’s wonderful to see them depicted as the involved, loving parents they are. This particular book has become a favorite for my girls. They love their dad and have enjoyed reading a book that celebrates that unique connection only a dad can bring.

If you’re looking for good books for Father’s Day or just about dads in general, this is a great choice. It’s well written, charming, and the illustrations are gorgeous.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.



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    Adriana @BooksOnHerMind
    May 21, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Yes! Dad books need to be out there more. Dads can be nurturers too, it’s not just the mom. What a happy surprise that it’s by Brian Lies. I did a lesson on his book a while back – Bats in the Library.

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