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Just Me and My Dad

(Little Critter)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  18,019 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published March 2nd 2001 by Golden Press (first published 1977)
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The cute factor is high here. I read this for Father’s Day to the kids. My brother is an amazing dad and he is patient and funny (ain’t no bad joke like a dad joke) and really good with his kids. I have seen him do so many of the things the dad does in this book.

This is a good book for the child to read to their own children as a parent to see both sides of life; the child and the adult. This is also just like my nephew. I could see him sinking a canoe trying to put it in the water. His helpfuln
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just Me and My Dad is another fun Mercer Mayer book that's about exactly what the title indicates. Our favorite Little Critter goes on a camping trip with his Dad.

What I love about this one is that the pictures show us a more accurate side to the story being told. While the words tell us that he stayed up so his dad wouldn't be scared, we can clearly see it's the other way around.

I think the reason I love these books so much is they remind us what it's like to be a kid. They remind us that how
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 to e ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The special bond that a child has with dad is wonderfully portrayed in this heart warming book.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
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
Beckie Coldiron
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
" 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.
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
So good! I absolutely loved these little critter books!
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
We love all the little critter books!
Vannessa Anderson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-children
Just Me and My Dad was about a little boy and his dad’s escapades while on a camping trip and all the fun they had. The illustrations were well drawn and colorful.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, storybook
I love Little Critter but this one isn't as strong as Just Me and My Mom.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Father-Son Children's Stories
Part of Mercer Mayers' immensely popular series of picture-books featuring the "Little Critter" - this character, which always looks a bit like a shaggy guinea pig to me, debuted in 1975, in Just for You , and has now featured in over two hundred titles - Just Me and My Dad follows the Little Critter as he and his father take to the woods for a night of camping. Narrated from the son's perspective, it details their many (mis)adventures, from setting up a tent to fishing in the nearby stream, ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and Middle Ages
Recommended to Krista by: B&N
Shelves: childrens
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-2, level-h
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
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
My son read this to me! Loves to find the spider and grasshopper! Cute book!
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
We need more books like this.
Andd Becker
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Look for the grasshopper.
How many times does the grasshopper appear?

Look for the spider.
How many times does the spider appear?
Alexandra Topitzes
Reading Level: 1.4

Book Level: F

Book Summary: In this addition to the Little Critter series, Little Critter goes on a Father-Son camping trip. He tries to be helpful by preforming all of the camping-related tasks by himself, but he ends up needing his Dad’s help anyway! Little Critter claims to be brave after telling his Dad a ghost story around the campfire at night, saying it is his Dad who is scared, but in reality, he is the one who needs the hugs and comforting!

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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 tell
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My husband and i grew up with these books, and most of the copies I read to my toddler happen to be the very ones my younger siblings scribbled in from my parents library. I love the nostalgia they represent, but as a parent now I sometimes take issue with Little Critter's less than ideal behavior.

Mercer captured a child's petulant personality perfectly in each of these stories. Little critter child always insists on being right and is annoyingly quick to justify his conclusions with snide equi
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
"Just Me and My Dad" is a cute father-son story about Little Critter who goes camping and fishing with his dad. There are few words and mostly pictures in the book, which is good for little ones who like to look and point. As it was first published in 1977, I think you have to give some leeway for sexism which is very present in the Little Critter series (for instance, Mom is waving them goodbye in her dress and apron). They also cook the fish that Little Critter catches, so be prepared to talk ...more
Nick Molinet
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kandice Davis
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Kimbely Fletcher
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Alyssa Mertz
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kristine Mathias
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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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.

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