Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)
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Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)

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This well-loved Little Critter picture book has become a modern classic. It's the tale of a father-and-son camping trip filled with Little Critter's mistakes and good intentions. In spite of difficulties, however, the happy father and son manage to put up their tent, catch fish for dinner, and sleep beneath the stars. In spite of minimal text, the story is full and rich, w...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published March 2nd 2001 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1977)
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I'm pretty sure I read this as a kid; it seemed familiar and sweetly nostalgic as I read it. The creature rushing out from the hollow tree made a big impression on me as a kid ;-> I really like the humor and how the text and illustrations work together in telling the story, such as when Little Critter finds a campsite but "someone was already living there" (and said creature angrily shoos them away from his tree). I loved some of the knowing looks the dad gives, but also that he was willing t...more
I might be a little bias in my liking for this book because little critter books take me back to good memories from my childhood. My son has also picked up a liking for little critter and has a few of the interactive book apps on his Kindle Fire. He especially loves the little mouse that is hidden on most pages.

“Just Me and My Dad” is special because little critter thinks he is taking care of his dad on a camping trip when in reality it is the other way around. I also appreciate the fact the da...more
I love Litter Critter books. I remember reading a bunch of these when I was younger, so I enjoyed sharing this one with my daughter.
This is a wonderful story about a child spending time camping with his dad. I love that they do several different things together. And I like how Little Critter tries to do things to help his Dad out, even if it doesn't go the way that he thought it would. And I like that even though things get messed up there is always something else they can do together instead...more
Just Me and My Dad (Look-Look) by Mercer Mayer follows a father son camping trip where Little Critter has a good time with Dad, despite some mishaps.

Mayer's illustrations extend the humor of the story, with lots of expressive facial features. Children should enjoy the many animals pictured, including spider, cricket, snake frog, butterfly, raccoon, bear, fish, owl, chimunk, rabbits, and birds. My favorite images are driving off, wrong campsite, sunk canoe, fishing, eyes, and story.

The text tells...more
Beckie Coldiron
" Just Me and My Dad" is one of my favorite Mercer Mayer books! I love this cute story, and I think it's important to have books like this in your classroom library because this could be a typical family situation. This book is simple, so it would be a great one to use for sequencing or even retell with a small group. I would recommend this book for children in kindergarten through second grade.
So good! I absolutely loved these little critter books!
Kristine Mathias
Just Me and My Dad is a wonderful book about spending the day with just Dad and the adventures they get into. It is a great story about feelings a little one might have about their father ie. disappointment, pride, fear and unconditional love.

Mercer Mayer has published over 300 children's books and is possibly best known for his Little Critter and Little Monster book series. Mayer published his first book in 1967 and it was a wordless picture book. In 2007 Mercer Mayer was chosen to be the Nati...more
We love all the little critter books!
Alyssa Mertz
Mercer Mayer makes so pretty amazing books, I read dozens of them as a kid and loved every single one. This book is a great book for kids to read with their fathers because it has super fun activities that the father and son do together throughout the book and gives us a picture of what a healthy father-son relationship looks like. The illustrations are really cute and every child I've read these books to has fell in love with it the same way I did. I recommend this book to any child, it doesn't...more
Pam Vass
This story is about a critter boy who goes on a camping trip with his father. The boy believes that he is a huge help to his father during the trip, but really his dad fixes each thing he tries to do.
The illustrations actually could tell the book on their own and our text discusses successful wordless picture books able to accomplish this. In spite of the fact that this one has words, the illustrator does a great job of creating the words through the pictures. The critter boy is the protagonis...more
Wendy Daniel
All of the little critter books are fun adventures with an animal family as told by the little boy critter. It shows us how families are not perfect but they are pretty great nonetheless. The vocabulary and narrative skills in this book are great for 3-5 year olds. I particularly like Just Me and My Dad because it shows a very affectionate relationship between these two, and that is often overlooked in many books.
Shanna Gonzalez
In this story, Little Critter goes on a camping trip with his father, leaving his mother and baby sister at home. The story is narrated from Little Critter's perspective, and his statements contradict the illustrations with a gentle irony that young children will appreciate. For example, he says, "My dad was tired, so I pitched the tent," and the facing picture shows Dad rescuing him from a disordered pile of fabric and tent poles. The story could be a perfect preparation for a real camping trip...more
I often don't review or add children's books to my goodreads list, but this book is something special. My parents read this book to me when I was a child, and I have a father that has always taken me camping, so this book holds something personal for me. Now that I am parent, I've been reading this book to my little son almost every night. Its one of his favorite books, and I too love going camping with my son. In many ways this is one of my most treasured books; not only because its written wel...more
Florine Denson
I read all of the mercer Mayer books. I would highly recommend these books to all teachers. The lessons in them are excellent for students.
Nick Molinet
I also grew up with this book and loved it! This is the story about little critter and his camping trip with his dad. Many things go wrong like they lose their canoe,a have to move camping spots and even lose their dinner because a bear steals it but no matter what happens little critter loves the time that he spends because it is only him and his dad.

LE: After the story have a discussion with the children about any trips that they have had with their parents like camping, beach trip, etc. After...more
Kris at Book Wishes
Jun 16, 2012 Kris at Book Wishes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children and Middle Ages
Recommended to Kris by: B&N
This book is a wonderful book to curl up with reading with your DAD on Father's Day. We love Mercer Mayer he is so creative. In every page you see the little spider and his cricket friend. This book is about time you spend with your dad camping which we love. Every year our church does a Father/Son camp out, we share time with our dad and love it!! Fathers are so wonderful, they help mom, make us feel safe and love your always. We give this book 5 Lollipops and suggest it as a gift for your dad...more
May 22, 2012 Steve rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: first graders
My son in first grade has been reading this book for weeks. I'm hoping to take my sons camping this summer, so I like this theme. But we're not going to fish, and a bear isn't going to take our fish. Bears are dangerous, and this book is a little bit too relaxed on the subject of bears for my taste. No bears on the east coast where I hike, to my knowledge, but up in the Adirondacks there are. I hope to take my boys there sometimes. The illustrations are good. I like the subject of just being wit...more
My son loves this book.
A classic story that I remember from my childhood. Like many of my other favorite children's books growing up the pictures have so much detail you can find something new each time you look. I used to read this with my dad and we'd do stuff like fish together like in the book. I hope my future husband will read this with my children and my family can have a great experience with this book as I did.

I would not necessarily put this in my future classroom. It just seems like a book you would want a...more
Kimbely Fletcher
Little Critter gets to go on a father/sun camping trip. He learns to fish for dinner and how to put up a tent. He makes little mistakes, but dad guides the way when putting the tent up. They also get to sleep under the stars. They spend lots of time together.

I like this book because it shows the relationship between a father and his son. I could use this book to teach the children about having a relationship with their parent or caregiver. This book would fit great into a thematic unit about fa...more
PB:44 Just Me and My Dad. One of my favorite Mercer Mayer books. The illustrations are so detailed and when you re-read the book agagin, you notice the little things like the spider and cricket on practically every page. It makes you go back to your childhood remembering the memories of just hanging out with your Dad which is more difficult to do when getting older. The book will simply make an older adult appreciate their Dad so much more! I recommend this to anybody!
Its a story about a critter and his dad going on a camping trip the adventures as well as misfortunes are described in the story if you are not careful. The important lesson it teaches is while camping we are guests and forest is a place for animals and we have to respect it.

Extension- the kids can have tents or even bring in a sleeping bag or their blankets and they can dress in their pj's and read stories and finger games and even take a nap.
Awesome book for young children and their dads
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Ashlyn Barker
This was a cute story about all the things he does with his dad. Relatable story for most children and a familiar lovable series.
Maddie Smith
Again, my favorite series ever. This specific book meant so much too me as a child because my dad gave me this book right after my younger brother was born. I love how the relationship between Little Critter and his dad is realistic. The book is about Little Critter getting to spend some well deserved time with his Dad. The age range for this book is early elementary.
Taj W
I remember reading this book back in my 2nd grade year. Little critter is one of the main characters in this story. The story plot was little critter and his dad goes camping. So this book brings me back childhood memories.I like this book alot. When I was in 2nd grade I've read this book all the time in my class. So far I think this book was a good book.
Christina Robbins
This is a very cute book to read to a child who is struggling with letting his dad drop him off in the classroom. It has a large assortment of vocabulary words. It shows different actives one can do with his dad. The words and the sentences aren't very hard so if the child already knows how to read this will be an easy book for them!
I am writing this review with all of the Mercer Meyer books in mind. As a parent I really enjoyed reading Mercer Mayer books to my children. They are witty and there are enough that they don't get old. I also like the sweet message there is even when things aren't going well. I have read these to my kids for years and they never got old.
I love Little Critter books. I enjoy looking for the grasshopper and spider on every page. The fun humor for the parents and the kids in the story. Also the Just Me and My Dad and Just Me and My Mom have great CD-ROM versions of these stories. The kids just love them!
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I began illustrating books in 1966. Since that time I have published over 300 books. Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid. Now I'm a big kid and I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always remind me of what it was like.

I was born in Arkansas in 1943. Boy, that was a long time ago! It's real fun to be an old kid. Then m...more
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