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DADDY LOVES HIS LITTLE GIRL by John Carter Cash

DADDY LOVES HIS LITTLE GIRL

By John Carter Cash (Author) , Marc Burckhardt (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: April 27th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7482-6
Publisher: Open Letter

Cash follows up his purple tribute to the love between mothers and sons (Momma Loves Her Little Son, 2009) with an equally labored celebration of the father-daughter bond. With this effort, he (mostly) leaves behind opaque figurative language on his flight of fancy, but scansion and sense still frequently elude him: In Katmandu, “We’ll feast on cakes stacked ten feet high, and dance to Bluebird’s whistle. / We’ll run faster than the tiger through the flowers and the thistles.” Burckhardt’s folk-art–style images replicate the stiff tableaux of the companion title, offering little warmth to readers. It is a shamelessly over-the-top goo-fest that consistently reaches for the easy image with seemingly no regard to art or craft. (Picture book. 3-5)