My Dad Used to Be So Cool

My Dad Used to Be So Cool

Book - 2016
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Keith Negley's playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

Keith Negley is an award-winning editorial illustrator with a penchant for emotionally driven illustration. He's been published in a wide range of major newspapers and national magazines, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker . He lives in the mountains of Bellingham, Washington, surrounded by rain forests and giant spiders. This is his second book for Flying Eye, following Tough Guys Have Feelings Too!

Publisher: London ; New York : Flying Eye Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781909263949
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 28 cm


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Jun 06, 2017

This is a delightful book that provides parents with some introspection while also providing a context for their parents' lives to their children.

Nuanced artwork encourages the reader to identify how exciting experiences of dad's youth are manifesting in new ways as a parent. The child in the story wonders why dad has seemed to grow boring. Dad clearly enjoys his new role as much as his earlier role, if not more.

CoreneBee Aug 23, 2016

Might hit a little close to home for some parents!

A boy laments that his dad was much more interesting back in the day. He rocked out, he had killer tats, and he was a real punk. But now? Now, dad drives an SUV. What happened?

Charming, tongue-in-cheek picturebook for kids and their parents who used to be so cool.

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