About the Book
Just Like My Papa, by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated in gorgeous full-color by Mike Wohnoutka (Hyperion, ages 1-5) is set on the African savanna. Kito, a lion cub, wants to be just like his papa, the protector of the pride. Kito may be too little to catch a wildebeest, but he is brave enough to succeed in his own hunt. Someday he will be King, just like Papa. With its rhythmic text, dramatic moments on the African plain, and playful times for cub and papa, this book will make a perfect read-aloud for family sharing.
I love how Just Like My Papa shows all sides of being a good dad, from the fearsome protector to the playful companion. Kito loves to play with his dad, and he always trusts that he will keep him safe from danger. Children will laugh as Kito falls on his “rump” in play, and catches a fly -- not quite the wildebeest that his father hunts! It’s easy to see why Kito wants to be just like Papa when he grows up! This is a loving story that kids and dads will want to curl up with at bedtime. The gorgeous illustrations and sound effects (“Buzz buzz buzz. Snap snap snap!”) will captivate children’s attention, too!
Toni Buzzeo is the author of nineteen picture books for children, including Stay Close to Mama, a companion to Just Like My Papa, the Caldecott Honor winning One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, and No T. Rex in the Library, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. For sixteen years, she worked as a Maine school librarian. She combines her knowledge of children’s literature with her love of children to write about characters of all stripes (including lions, giraffes, dinosaurs, penguins, loons, and human children) who explore their worlds, their relationships, and themselves in a variety of settings. Toni works both from a writing cottage just past the gardens at her colonial farmhouse in Buxton, Maine, and from her sunny winter nest in Sarasota, Florida. Visit her at www.tonibuzzeo.com.
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