My Dad Is Big And Strong, But… A Bedtime Story
My Dad was raised in a large family and times were tough in Vietnam. Feeding and clothing eight kids was a challenge; there was no money to spare so birthdays were not celebrated. Last week we threw my dad his first birthday party; he turned 60. Keep reading…
My Dad Is Big And Strong But… A Bedtime Story written by Coraline Saudo and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo was originally written in French. Skillfully translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick, My Dad Is Big And Strong But… is a refreshing spin on the all too familiar bedtime story as seen through the eyes of a little boy dealing with stubborn refusals and silly attempts by his dad to avoid bedtime. Children’s books can end up feeling wrong and awkward when translated but Claudia has done an amazing job finding the right words to tell the story and support the illustrations.
This imported book is refreshingly different, tall, thick heavy paper, an assortment of different fonts (hand drawn and digital) all in set in different sizes and scattered on the page. The illustrations are drawn on what looks like cardboard boxes with a colour palette of black, sepia, white, and dark indigo. They are created using a mix of mediums, graphite, white charcoal, collaged photographs, and photoshoped textures. The illustrations feel raw and unfinished, different than what is currently on North American bookshelves; this distinctive foreign flavor makes for a very attractive book.
My Dad Is Big And Strong, But…, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author Coraline Saudo
We were first introduced to Coraline Saudo when she illustrated All By Myself!. Here she has taken on the role of the author. It is very exciting to discover that Coraline had extended her talents into writing but I am curious as to why she chose not to illustrate My Dad Is Big And Strong, But… herself.
Illustrator Kris Di Giacomo
Kris Di Giacomo is a Brazilian born American who has lived in France since she was twelve. She studied painting at Parsons School of Design and went on to teach English in France. It was while teaching English to children that Kris discovered the world of children’s books which led her to make the career switch.
Publisher Enchanted Lion Books (April 17, 2012)