David's Father by Robert MunschDavid's Father by Robert Munsch

David's Father

byRobert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Picture Books | May 1, 1982

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Julie learns that families come in all shapes—and sizes.

Robert Munsch, author of such classics as The Paper Bag Princess and Thomas’ Snowsuit, is one of North America’s bestselling authors of children’s books. Michael Martchenko is the award-winning illustrator of the Classic Munsch series and many other beloved children's books. He was born north of Paris, France, and moved to Canada when ...
Title:David's FatherFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.11 inPublished:May 1, 1982Publisher:Annick Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0920236642

ISBN - 13:9780920236642

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Munsch Such a great book for beginning readers. Takes you back!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! Fun to read, great illustrations, Excellent Message! Families come in all shapes and sizes, first impressions can be misleading if you only judge based on what you see. It doesn't matter what you look like, what's important is how you choose to be.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite Munsch books This is an excellent work about a boy who has a giant of a father, Munsch shows how you can't choose family and that parents (and children) are imperfect but they love each other despite this, Warmly recommended
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best authors!! I loved these books as a child! Every kid needs to read these growing up!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed A funny story- first impressions can be wrong if you judge just by what you see!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Davids A classic story plus, with a David in my family, it makes for an excellent part of a baby shower gift :)
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for story time Girls love this story!! a great add to our story time
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable! Munsch never fails to get everyone laughing with his stories! One of my favourite books as a kid.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Munsch Love the sound effects and repetitive bits, typical of Munsch. Helps kids remember the story and relate to it as well.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Munsch story One of the best Munsch books, highlighting the fact that it's ok to be different while still being super entertaining #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great Book, It really shows that its okay to be different.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Great book, funny as usual. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking on the Bright Side of Differences Children are often afraid of people who are different when they first meet. You can use this book to help your child understand that we are all unique, and that there are benefits to be found in our differences. Julie is freaked out on her way home from school to see movers taking a spoon as big as a shovel, a fork as large as a pitchfork, and a knife as long as a flagpole into a neighboring house. "'Yikes,' said Julie, 'I don't want to get to know those people at all.'" The next day, and on the same spot, she sees a new boy who invites her to play. Although it is near where those enormous implements went, the boy looks normal to her and she plays with him. At five o'clock comes the sound of an enormous call for "DAVID!!" that sends her scampering home to hide in her room until breakfast. The next day, she plays with David again and learns that his father is a giant. Gradually overcoming her shyness, she has dinner with David and his father. She gets over her fears when she sees that David's father is gentle and caring. "David, you don't look very much like your father." "Well, I'm adopted." These days many families make no special effort to adopt children who look just like the parents. This book also gives you the chance to explain how love and caring are more important than similarities of appearance. They then go out together. The children are ignored by the adults they meet, whether in crossing the street or buying things. Kids also try to pick on them. In each case, people become more considerate when David's Father says something in his loud voice like "STOP" or "THOSE KIDS ARE MY FRIENDS" or "BEAT IT." Some may interpret these incidents as bullying. I didn't see it that way. David's Father only steps in after wrongs are occurring, and he does the least he could do to remedy the situation. The overreactions by those who hear him are just there for fun. David's Father didn't demand those overreactions. People are just responding with trepedition to his size, as Julie originally had done. Since all children are smaller than almost all adults, taking some of the fear out of size is a good subject for a book like this one. So I commend Mr. Munsch for his selection of story subject, theme, and plot. To me, though, the best part of the book is to be found in the humorous illustrations that give the story a light, friendly tone. For example, Mr. Munsch's punchline ("Wait until you meet my grandmother.") is solid, but when combined with the view of a large gorilla leg in a red pump towering over the two children it becomes hilarious. You should anticipate questions from your child about what the advantages are of various kinds of differences, such as people of other religions, with appearances dissimilar to yours, having disabilities, and experiencing mental problems. Your child will be quick to spot the issues for these differences, but much slower to see the advantages. If your family is religious, I suggest that you make your explanations in terms of the values that your family believes in and upholds in your worship. For example, Job's trials may be appropriate as one source of ideas for those who study the Old Testament. Vive les differences!
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOO FUNNY!!! robert munsch is the best!!!
Date published: 2003-03-20

From Our Editors

Julie meets her new neighbor David and is invited over for dinner. There she meets David's father, a giant.

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“The pace is quick, the events bizarre, the appeal guaranteed.”—Calgary Herald