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Just Like My PapaJust Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo and Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 32
Ages: 1-5
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN/ISBN-13: 1423142632/9781423142638
Publishers Summary:

Kito wants to be just like his papa, the protector of the pride. Throughout a day and night on the savanna, the cub imitates the way his father roars, swings his tail, shakes his head, and pounces. Kito may be too little to catch a wildebeest, but he is brave enough to succeed in his own hunt. Someday he will be King, just like Papa.

With its rhythmic text, dramatic moments on the African plain, and playful times for cub and papa, this book will make a perfect read-aloud for family sharing.

TurkeybirdTurkeybird Roars: My dad doesn’t really roar like the big lion in this book, but he does like to play and have fun like the big lion does.

My favorite part of the whole story were all the neat pictures. I liked seeing the big lion King and the hunt they went on chasing the wildebeest pack. I do think it would be lots of fun to roar like Kito and his Papa do in the story though, maybe I’ll even scare my mom and sister doing it a few times.

Mom’s Two Cents: In Just Like My Papa, Toni Buzzeo’s follow-up to Stay Close to Mama, she follows a day in the life of the young cub Kito with his father the lion King. Chasing wagging tails, hunting down a pack of wildebeests and dreaming about the day he’ll be a lion King are all part of a typical day for the young Kito. Fathers, sons and readers of all ages will love following along with this fun day spent with the lion King and his cub Kito.

Much like Stay Close to Mama Toni Buzzeo again explores the relationship between parent and child through the eyes of wildlife. This time instead of giraffes she’s chosen lions for Just Like My Papa and accompanied with Mike Wohnoutka’s illustrations the story comes to life. Obviously some liberties were taken, most lion cubs spend the day with their mothers, but overall the story becomes one that young readers can certainly enjoy and appreciate. The lighthearted yet firm ways the lion King plays and disciplines his young son are very similar to the way a typical parent would be with their own son and I’m positive the connection will be made, as it was with my own kiddos.

Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo is a gorgeous follow-up to her picture book in a similar vein, Stay Close to Mama. It’s clear Buzzeo has a love for animals, nature and the relationships we all have with each other, especially that of parent and child. Through her passion Buzzeo writes stories that young readers are captivated by and easily connect with. Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo would be the perfect book to share with a father and son who love to read together as well as anyone who simply loves an enchanting picture book.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 1 to 8. Beautifully illustrated story about a father’s love for his son. Perfect for those young wildlife readers and fans.


The wonderful folks at Hyperion Books for Children I am able to offer one signed copy of the book for giveaway! Thank you!

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Find Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo and Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN/ISBN-13: 1423142632 / 9781423142638

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18 Responses to Book Review and Signed Giveaway: Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo

  1. Melissa says:

    My favorite wildlife animal is a gazelle. I love how they run so gracefully. If I tried to run like that, I’d fall down. 😉

  2. rosemond says:

    I LOVE elephants! Love them! My fave old school book is The Jungle Book. Newer book that I like is Safari by Carol Kaufmann…my kids think it’s pretty cool!

  3. I want this one. It’s soo sweet. Sounds like I need the mama one too.

    Thanks for the contest.

    My favorite animal? I’ve always loved tigers. And I’m pretty crazy about cranes.

  4. Wendy says:

    My mom had a golden eagle at her birdbath in NJ this weekend, so I’m a bit smitten with them right now. Not sure if there is a golden eagle book . . .

  5. anne says:

    My favorite wildlife animal is a zebra.

  6. i like giraffes!! thanks!!

  7. Austin Baroudi says:

    I like cheetahs and tigers!

  8. apple blossom says:


  9. Kristie says:

    My favorite would be giraffes 🙂

  10. Margo Jantzi says:

    My favorite wildlife animal is the LION. Our students love going on a lion hunt when we do our safari storytime in the library.

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  12. Steph says:

    My favorite wildlife animal is the Orangutan.

  13. Gina says:

    Yay! So glad you guys enjoyed this one as well. ^_^ Definitely a great companion to the MAMA book….a set I’d even venture.

  14. Petty Witter says:

    Such a long time since I last stopped by, my apologies. So wonderful to have had a look around. Now that our great-nephew (two and a half) is beginning to take a great interest in books its fantastic to get some ideas.

  15. Carol M says:

    I like all the big cats but panthers are my favorite.

  16. Rhythm says:

    My favorite wildlife animal right now is a vulture. I like pretending that I am one. My favorite book right now is What Pete Ate.

  17. bn100 says:

    Clifford the big red dog book

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