Today's book is entitled, Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer.
SPOILER ALERT! My picture book analyses will reveal the climax/ending to every story. So be forewarned!
Genre: Journey, Cycle of the Day, Rhythmic text
Synopsis: A child relates all the things Daddy does differently than Mommy throughout the day but there's one thing they do exactly the same.
Plot elements: A Cycle of the Day story.
- In the morning, getting dressed--ways Daddy is different from Mommy
- breakfast time
- going shopping
- making lunch
- going to the park
- birthday parties
- playing dress up
- bath time
- bed time
- hugs and kisses
Twist: All through the book, Daddy does everything differently but in the end, Mommy and Daddy both love the child just the same. A touching, sweet ending! If you get your audience to say ah...usually, you'll have a winner.
Throughout the book, there is a repeating phrase of "But daddies do it different." Which binds the text together and children love to be able to join in this repeating phrase. Although this isn't a rhymer, the text is rhythmic: "When I leave the house with Mommy, she packs a tasty snack, brings a bit of juice, and takes an extra sweater." Can you feel the rhythm here? And then the next line leads into the repeating phrase: "But daddies do it different..."
- Lines have catchy beats.
- visual humor throughout (in the scene above, daddy is putting bananas up his nose to make the child laugh.)
- Use of active, interesting verbs: jingles, gargles, whup
- Visually interesting--there's an active, fun picture on every page, (eg; Daddy has bubbles on his head in a room full of bubbles in the tub with the dog joining in the fun).
- Use of made-up words for rhythm, (eg. "He tickles me so much, I get crazy-hyper-nuts")
- Use of similes/metaphors, (eg, "we jump like kangaroos; make a fort of waffles, drives like a race car, etc.)
- Sweet, twist ending
If you can think of a catchy repeating phrase and can do a rhythmic story line with lots of action on a subject that hasn't been done, you'll have a winning picture book every time.
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