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Hero Dad

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  62 reviews

Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars, and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. It's a tough job, but that's what superheroes have to do. With Melinda Hardin's simple text and with Bryan Langdo's endearing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Hero

Hardcover, 24 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Two Lions
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Shelle Perry
Fantastically detailed full page illustrations show life in the Army in a way that young kids will enjoy. The easy to understand text compares super heroes to every day heroes and is lesson that won’t soon be forgotten. This is a great book for explaining to kids why dad, or mom, needs to be away on deployment or just a fine book to share on Veterans Day. It even has a companion book “Hero Mom”.

Ages 3-5 Pages 32
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Just one or two lines of text per page and close-up illustrations make this suitable for sharing with very young children. I appreciate that it transitions the concept of hero to just being an ordinary person doing their job well.
Baby Bookworm
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Summer Reading, Day 13: Today was the second day of our Daddy Book marathon. Our book was Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin. This was a nice, short book celebrating dads in the military, as JJ’s daddy was. Very nice art, and a quick read for young readers. It was also good that we are reminded of the many daddies that will not spending Father’s Day with their littles because they are serving.

Be sure
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
This is a good book to read to kindergarten and first graders. It talks about a dad who is in the army. This would be a good way to open of discussions about family members serving in the military.
Danielle Halikias
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
1. A child's narrative of his superhero Dad. He does not have the ability to fly or laser vision, but he is a hero in his own way. The boy talks about his father that is in the military and all the adventures that he faces when protected the country.

2. This is a sensitive topic, especially for those who do have family members over seas. This book will help young ones learn about what their family members are doing and also learning what soldiers do everyday. A beautiful, simple book that
Madeline Krasnasky
This book was very heartwarming. It talks about how a military child would view their parent, which I thought was done in a very respectful way. The pictures went well with the words to emphasize the story and help children who have not been through this situation relate to how a military child may feel. I loved this book because it was very easy and honored the value of a Military parent. It discussed how proud a child feels towards there parent which was touching. Overall, this picture book ...more
Robin Cranney
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This made me cry and smile at the same time. I read it to my 2yo every night when his daddy was gone--at his insistence. It's so simple, but incredibly accurate. A great read, especially for children who miss their hero-soldier daddy.
Angie Munoz
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Easy read for pre-k to first grade. Children who have a parent in the military will love this book! They can relate to what it’s like having a soldier as a parent.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picture Book - A great book that helps young kids to understand the heroic efforts of our military. Follows a child talking about why his dad is a hero.
Danielle Joseph
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great for reading around Veteran's Day or Father's Day, this book showcases how every day superheroes are among us and can even be family members!
Sarah Fetla
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great kids book

I read this to my preschool class, they loved it! It helped them understand a little more on how important our soldiers are!
3 1/2 stars

Military handled simply and sweetly
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars, and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. It's a tough job, but that's what superheroes have to do. With Melinda Hardin's simple text and with Bryan Langdo's endearing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Hero
Linda Silva
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A little boy is telling the story of his dad who is his superhero. His dad doesn't do anything exciting like we might see in the movies, but the boy realizes the importance of his job. You see, his dad is an American soldier. The boy respects his dad's sacrifices for his country but also sees the things that he does as "cool." I also felt that students would be able to see the love between the dad and the son. I really liked this book because the dad is depicted so negatively in the media that a ...more
Hardin, Melinda (2010).
Subgroup: Deployment
Genre: Fiction
Topics: Soldiers, Superheros, Father and Child
Synopsis: A book dealing with a parent in the military. A father's child narrates the story, and looks at his dad's deployment as a cool thing. He calls his dad a superhero and compares the things his dad has to do for the military to what a superhero would do. The pages have very colorful pictures that aren't overly detailed, and have a simple sentence structure. It would be great for a child
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
There aren't that many books about moms and dads in the military; so another one is welcome, and this one is set apart by good illustrations and a short enough length for younger listeners. While it doesn't talk about what soldiers DO, it does show guns and tanks and other equipment. I don't think this is a book about explaining soldiers and war, though, I think it's a book for very young kids whose dads are soldiers. Every soldier's family explains war, fighting, and the soldier's job to their ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: father
Not a library storytime book necessarily, but good for a very specific audience. This book compares the uniform of an American soldier verses a super hero. The book does not discuss combat, peace keeping, or any other soldier duties, but mainly discusses the uniform. The book does show guns and tanks. I've seen some reviews that seem upset by this, or the fact that American Soldier=Superhero. This is, however, a dad book as well, so it's actually a dad=superhero, which is far less controversial. ...more
Brandy Locchetta
This is a great book I found when looking for a baby shower present for a family member. In this family the dad is in the army and is gone a lot. This book would be great to read in the classroom regardless of whether a military family is present, but especially if there is a military family in the class. This could ignite a conversation about community members, military service men and women and how they keep our country safe. If there is a child with a military mom or dad this book could ...more
Storytime Books
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recently reviewed this book since it was Veteran's Day yesterday. The book is called Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin. In this book, a young boy describes page by page about how his dad is a superhero. He describes how his dad doesn’t have the typical superhero powers, but how he has others. How he “doesn’t have a sidekick, he has a platoon.” From the detailed illustrations, done by Bryan Langdo, you can easily tell that his father is serving his country in the army. This book is such a great book for ...more
Sarah Shufelt
When you hear the word “hero,” what comes to mind? Melinda Hardin shows the ways that American soldiers compare to traditional superheroes in her succinct but effective picture book Hero Dad. Each page spread shows one way that soldiers are the same or different from superheroes, such as their clothing and their means of transportation. Bryan Langdo’s watercolor illustrations compliment the text nicely and support the military specific vocabulary included in the text. This book would be a great ...more
Kate Hastings
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: patriotic
Preschool- K. This would be the perfect book to use in a preschool/toddler room for Veteran's Day. Would also work for community helpers.

Teachers have asked for other titles (variety of reading levels):

H is for Honor : A military family alphabet
Night Catch (Ehrmantraut)
Pilot Mom (duble)
Love, Lizzie (McElroy)
Impossible Patriotism Project
Red, White, Blue and Goodbye (tomp)
My Red Balloon (Bunting)
Wishing Tree (Redman)
Sometimes We Were Brave (Brisson)
While You Are Away (Spinelli)
Edward Creter
This tribute to military families feels more like an ad for All cold and all promotion without the facts thrown in. It honors fathers who for whatever reason have to go to, say, Afghanistan to kill off the "enemy" because someone up there in, say, DC says so. No questions, nothing. Just blow them up and come home in a box. It's sad that kids get to read this and be seduced into the military mindset that their dads and even moms are off to war to get blown up, but there there, it'll ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Notes: Hero Dad, by Melinda Hardin is a great book about dads and soldiers.

Book Review: Hero Dad describes superheroes who do a variety of things and wear X-ray vision, drive super-powered cars, or rocket-propelled boots. Other superheroes wear army boats and drive tanks and work long hours far from home. Hero Dad makes a difficult topic more accessible to students whose parents work far from home.

Recommend: I would recommend this book to all students who have parents who are soldiers and also
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
My son who struggles with reading set goals for himself this year to read 10 new to him books by himself help loud. We came across this book and he immediately could relate to the little boy because my husband is a soldier and my son appreciate the fact that he could relate to the experiences of the little boy especially deployment. Very easy to read very few large words means this was not an intimidating read for my son he enjoyed it very much.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I come from a family that has many individuals in the military so this book really had an impact on me. There are many children that will have a mom or dad that is gone because of their military duties. Thuis book shows children how military people are heros too and do many courageous things. I also really liked thoe book book used simple sentences and had really good illustrations.
Nancy Jo Lambert
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
In this book, the dad is a superhero because the dad is a dad serving in the army. I like the comparison of the army dad to the superhero. The text is nice and short for young kids who may not really understand the context, but can be introduced to the idea of military service through this book.

I think this a great addition to our collectioin since one of the qualifications for children to attend our school is having a parent in active military duty.

May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Clever pictures to capture aspects of military service that are similar to superhero powers! Captures difficulty for families during deployment. Family is light-skinned and demographics in book match overall armed forces stats that 70% of active duty members are white:

No fighting happens in the book, though we do see guns and tanks.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Picture book for military children.

I'm a bit bitter that "Hero Dad" was written and published before "Hero Mom." They're both great books, nonetheless. This book would be a great tool for showing military children how many safeguards the armed forces provides for soldiers: camouflage, night vision goggles, a platoon, weaponry, tanks, etc.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a cute book where a little boy thinks his dad is a superhero. He explains that his dad doesn't wear a cloak...he wears camouflage and he doesn't have x-ray vision, he has night vision. Sweet comparisons between this military father and a superhero. Great for children whose parents are in the military. Would also be a good read aloud around Veteran's Day.
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful, simple picture book (one sentence per page) you could easily use at a toddler or preschool story time. A young boy compares his soldier father to a superhero: "He can't fly----well, sometimes he can." (The picture shows soldier’s jumping out of an airplane.) There aren't a lot of books about parents serving in the military for really young kids; I really liked this one.
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