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Shopping with Dad [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Matt Harvey , Miriam Latimer
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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22 Sep 2008
It's Saturday, and one small girl and her Dad are heading for the supermarket while Mum gets on with some work. It's so exciting! How can she contain herself? She tries - but she can't! An enormous sneeze sets in motion a small calamity, and Dad gets the blame. But when his daughter speaks up and takes responsibility for her actions, the mood changes...Fast-paced, funny with a simple, uplifting message, this playful rhyming read-aloud is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud! First-time picture book for popular performance poet Matt Harvey, who is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4's 'Saturday Live'.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd (22 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846861713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846861710
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An unusual and challenging picture book that works on two quite diverse levels. The immediate impression is that of a fun, fast paced read aloud story and for full impact it must be read aloud. This is as it should be when the story is composed by a performance poet with Matt Harvey's skills and sympathy. But then when the racy supermarket shopping story has been enjoyed and, perhaps, read several times the reader will come to look much more closely at Miriam Latimer's complex and exciting illustrations for it is there that the items on Mum's shopping list can be found and ticked off. So, the picture book becomes a puzzle book and a serious search for all the shopping list items can begin in earnest. The observant young reader might also be on the look out for other stories being told in the pictures as the pages turn. Now, what is that ubiquitous mouse up to? There are more puzzles and many more fascinating details to search for in this brilliant book and this reviewer could not possibly reveal them.' --School Library Association

'Devon-based author and poet Harvey (as featured on Radio 4's 'Saturday Live' and the Guardian's Work section) sets his witty rhyming couplets to work in a tale of a little girl who goes on a disastrous but funny trip to the supermarket with her dad. The poetry is top drawer ("... I held on to Dad/Who looked twenty to proud, and a quarter past sad") and the details of parent/child relationships observed through far-from-rose-tinted spectacles ("I said 'I'm very sorry.' I thought this was best/Because I knew that my Dad was getting quite stressed/And he was. He said/'STOP!' He said, 'Give. It. A. Rest.'" Ace pics from UWE grad Latimer.' --Venue

About the Author

Matt Harvey is a performance poet who is a regular guest on BBC Radio and Channel 4's 'Saturday Live'. This is his first Barefoot project. Miriam Latimer grew up in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, and studied illustration at the University of the West of England, gaining a firstclass honors degree in 2003. Miriam's other Barefoot Books include The Prince's Bedtime, Shrinking Sam and Emily's Tiger.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I've now given this to four children in my life - aged between 2 and half and five and half. All of them love it - love the pace and rhythm of the story, find it very funny (the two and half year old has spent all day giggly AACHOO, the 5 year old guffawed at all the mishaps). Their parents say they have enjoyed having to read it - and have had to over and over again. I just love the message behind it - that accidents happen and don't have to be anybody's fault and that things get better quicker if everyone mucks in and helps.... The illustrations are superb too - engaging and funny in themselves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 July 2009
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Great for reading alound, nice rhymes and funny story that my 2.5 yr old loves. Nice that the hero is Daddy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 6 Jan 2013
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A really lovely book with humour, both myself and daughter, who's 22 months love it! Would definitely recommend you buying it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see mixed-race family featured! 14 Sep 2011
By Kia Birdsong - Published on
The mom, dad & daughter just happen to look a lot like my family! I love that the book is fun to read, great illustrations, and that my daughter can see our family and her experience reflected in a mainstream children's book. I also love that Dad is getting groceries, while Mom works! My daughter loved the book, and my husband loved reading a book that featured a dad and daughter that looks like them---nice additional bonding, I think. Wish more books showed the diversity of families, while still being a fun and captivating read for all children, regardless of their race or culture. Untapped market, if you ask me, considering the projected demographics for the next 10-20 years. Want to see more from this author/illustrator duo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go shopping with Dad! 9 April 2009
By Steven - Published on
Shopping with Dad
When the young girl in this silly story goes shopping with her dad, they've got quite a list from her mom. In addition to the regular groceries, they also need to get things like Weatherbread, Dangerjam, and of course Octopus Underpants. She's trying to be helpful to her dad, really she is, but sometimes trouble just happens. And even when she's trying to stop and just sit still, there's the little matter of a very big sneeze that starts all sorts of very big trouble.

The story of Shopping with Dad will be familiar to dads who've tried to go shopping - or just about anywhere! - with young children. Sometimes it seems that children can't seem to help generating chaos wherever they go, no matter how well-intentioned they are. Shopping with Dad treats this familiar situation with grace and humor through its fun illustrations and whimsical text. There's a deeper message here for fathers as well, because when everyone's looking for the culprit responsible for the big mess, it's dad who defuses the situation and brings everything back to normal again. Shopping with Dad is a fun book for kids, but also a reminder to dads to keep our cool and to face the trials of fatherhood with humor and compassion.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! 23 Nov 2013
By Dad of Divas - Published on
This book was so much fun to read with my daughters. The story was engaging and the illustrations were well constructed. I also loved to see a father in the role as care-giver and doing the shopping for the family as too often this is shown as a feminine task and it is not so anymore! The story itself is charming and you will want to read this over and over.

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cadence. 27 Mar 2013
By Math Momma - Published on
This is one of my all time favorite kid's books. And I own A TON of kid's books!! The rhyme is great and the story is fun and sympathetic and the dad and daughter are a team. Fun to find the hidden "silly items" on the shelves in the pictures too :)
3.0 out of 5 stars I could take it or leave it... 13 Oct 2011
By bugsmama - Published on
The illustrations are GREAT - which is what drew me to the book. However, I was disappointed with the story. Its a rhyming story, but it does not flow AT ALL (maybe a random line or paragraph here & there. The actual story wasn't horrible, has potential, but I don't think we'll read it again.
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