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The Fairy Dogfather

2.89 of 5 stars 2.89  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  13 reviews

Alexandra Day has a knack for surprising juxtapositions.In fact, she is famous for it.She is the creator of a fierce looking Rottweiler named Carl who gently tends to an infant in a series of children’s books that began in 1985.Now comes The Fairy Dogfather.

A young boy, Hector, has trouble differentiating the letters D and G.Thus when he writes a request to the universe th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Laughing Elephant
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A young boy has a tendency to get his 'd' and 'g' mixed up, so when he wishes for some help, he gets a Fairy Dogfather instead of Marlon Brando. A Bogart-ish doggy appears and instructs the young lad on what to do using words I didn't even know.

1. The artwork by Alexandra Day is good. This is how I always envisioned most Bernese Mountain Dogs anyway, especially when they walk on their hind legs.

2. I learned some words. Purview anyone? Not a word I use everyday.

I was really excited to see another of Day's beautifully illustrated books but was totally disappointed in this one. There's no adventure, just a cigar smoking "Carl" dogfather who speaks so ridiculously it distracts form the story and the pictures. Many of the words would not likely be used by anyone, and certainly not by lower elementary students. The messages I got were "go ahead, lose stuff and it will magically reappear-you don't really need to be responsible for your money" and "don't chal ...more
The Young Book Collector
I figured by the humorous title the book was given that I was going to be reading something comedic, instead it the story ended up being alright. The author could of expanded the text in the narration as well. Plus, even though the author provided a glossary to what the Fairy Dogfather was saying, I wondered if the child who was reading this will be able to pronounce it
Feb 28, 2014 Virginia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Virginia by: Myself
I must say that I was really disappointed with this one. While it will be a great addition to my author study assignment, that will only be to talk about how bad it is compared to the other Alexandra Day books. The illustrations are beautiful as always, however, I dislike the story. The Fairy Dogfather uses many huge words, some that I didn't even know. How is a small child reading picture books going to know them? The story seemed disjointed and did not make much sense. It left many questions b ...more
Not for storytime
Peggy Tibbetts
Hector has a big problem that requires the help of a fairy godfather. So he writes a note to the universe to ask for a fairy godfather. But he mixes up the “g” and “d”. Much to his surprise the Fairy Dogfather shows up. Hector might be the luckiest kid in the world except the Fairy Dogfather smokes a cigar and uses big words. And he doesn’t seem the least bit interested in Hector’s problem or granting wishes. All he wants to do is eat. And he even makes Hector fetch the newspaper for him. Typica ...more
If you cannot appreciate a Bogartesque dog who has mastered the beauty of language than i don't even know what you're doing with your life. This is a masterpiece that doesn't hold its punches on vocabulary nor does it leave you in the dark as to their meaning.
The Styling Librarian
I enjoyed reading this book aloud but I found some of the words (defined on the endpapers) complicated and entertaining. I was able to hear the author talk about this new book the other day. I was impressed that she made the choice to create a book that allowed her to go above and beyond reality. This is in comparison to Good Dog Carl which she mentioned was difficult to exaggerate/personify the main character. She enjoyed writing the background story with a little child having difficulty writin ...more
Hector is a very good writer... only sometimes his "g" and "d" get mixed up. Which is why his fairy Dogfather shows up instead on his fairy godfather. His dogfather listens to his tales of woe and tells him to fix it himself rather than solving his problem.

Why I picked it up: I loved the idea of a dogfather instead of a fairy godfather.

Why I finished it: Hector's dogfather was fun, but this is not a book for story time. The vocabulary is advanced and you need to read it one on one so that the ki
Huh. The Fairy Dogfather chomps on a cigar and uses grandiose words (he might've used grandiose). The kid doesn't talk like a kid his age. I think Day should perhaps have stuck with wordless books.
Apr 10, 2012 Paula rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Hector gets is d and g mixed up when he asked for a fairy godfather. The dog introduces some spelling words along with some advice for Hector.
I'm giving in an OK. The illustrations deserve at least four stars, but the story just didn't do it for me.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
A cigar smoking, smart-talking Fairy dogfather...I am still thinking about this one.
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Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of Good Dog, Carl and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including Carl Goes Shopping, Carl’s Christmas, Carl’s Birthday and Carl’s Snowy Afternoon. Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included ...more
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