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Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  13,740 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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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Kathryn
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
Randie
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
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Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
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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
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David
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
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Samara Winter
In this book “Just Me and My Dad” a little boy and his father go on a camping trip gone wrong. They find a campsite but it’s already taken so they go off to look for another one. Once they find a place to set up camp, the little boy pitches the tent; However it is a fail. They light a fire then had out to go canoeing, except the cane falls straight into the lake. When they go to to cook dinner a bear comes up and takes their fish; they are left to eat eggs. The dad ends the book with reading to ...more
Brooke Wagner
Just Me and My Dad is about Little Critter and his dad. It follows their journey as they camp. Little Critter tries to help out and it often ends in disaster. But what matters is that he is getting to spend time with his dad.

One thing that makes these illustrations so entertaining for children is the incorporation of a tiny figure of a cricket and a tiny figure of a spider. As you are going through reading the story it becomes a game as you search for where these small images are hidden on the p
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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.
Kandice Davis
This book was used as a guided reading lesson. I had about 8 scholars in my group. They each read the book independently. We broke down sounds together when we chorally read. They answered an array of questions. Most of the questions were inference questions. Much of this storyline leaves out parts intentionally for "inference."

I asked questions like "why couldn't the boy fix the tent?" "who was really scared at the end of the story though the text suggests that the dad was?" Have fun with it!
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Ashley
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
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Jaime
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
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Courtney Kilbourn
I chose this book because when I was little I got a collection of the little critter books and I loved reading them. Something I liked about them is every page a cricket and a grasshopper hid somewhere on every page so it was fun to read the story and find the insects on every page. This particular book is a cute one because it is about a son and a father bonding on a camping trip. I would read books from the little critter series, especially this one.
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.
Ashleigh De nicola
This book has a cute story line worth reading. It’s important to have books to go to that can relate to a particular family situation like this one. The simplicity of it makes it even better for children to understand and grasp the concept that much easier. I also like the humor of the book. I would recommend this book to be in the libraries in all school and to share with your class!
Lexi
A fun book about Little Critter spending some time with his father camping. I think this book, Just me and my Mom, and Just me and Grandma, are great stories. Especially for children who may only have one parent/guardian in their life.
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
Zachary
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
Alison
This book is so adorable and meant for young readers. I would love to read this to my kindergarten or first grade class. When I read this now, I remember all of the things I used to do with my dad. That is why I am so passionate about the importance of this book to children and parents alike.
Matt Millslagle
Mercer Mayer is a wonderful writer/illustrator. The stories of his books have real-life relevance while using the whimsy of animals or monsters as the main characters. Just Me and My Dad is a great book.
Brent Rogers
Little Critter and his dad take a camping trip and the story highlights the main events from fishing, building a campfire and pitching a tent. The two had a good father-son adventure and it has a happy ending. It’s a lovable story for all children, especially boys.
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I enjoyed how the child's narration and what really happened (based on the pictures) makes the reader really believe in the innocence of the child.
Sarah Adamson
A fun Little Critter book where Dad and Critter go camping. A fun exploration of camping experiences with misadventures and beastly encounters.
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.
Heidi
Next story to read to Ricky. I have to memorize it so I don't need to bring the book to the NICU.This was Ben's favorite when he was 3.
Milo
Dec 01, 2014 Milo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: School book
Recommended to Milo by: School book
"It was cool. The spider and grasshopper were helpful. Kids shouldn't be scared of them. I think both the papa and boy were scared."
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
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Brenda Cregor
Thank you to all of the fathers who made a book with this title possible.
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
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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
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