Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Daddy Likes to Say - Book Review and Giveaway

"I can 'butter him up' at the 'drop of a hat.' It's a 'blessing in disguise.' And I really like when Daddy 'sees the world through my eyes.' When Daddy talks, I listen. He might say something new. But please don't ask me what he means 'cause I 'haven't got a clue!'"
- My Daddy Likes to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Father's Day is "just around the corner" and the kids are "gearing up" to "have a ball" with their daddy. Daddy may think he is "the big cheese" around here but my daughter pretty much has him "wrapped around her little finger" and my son is certainly "a chip off the old block" and likes "the limelight" as well. "Get the picture?" Dad's day probably won't be just about Dad but hopefully he'll be "pleased as punch" at our efforts to make him feel special. Yes, we plan to "pull out all the stops" and "roll out the red carpet" as well. Lucky for him, we'll keep the idioms and figures of speech to a minimum.

The children's book My Daddy Likes to Say is a fun take on familiar idioms a dad might say to his children. Using poetry and side notes, author Denise Brennan-Nelson explains phrases like "fly by the seat of your pants" and "were you born in a barn?" The silly illustrations by Jane Monroe Donovan help show literal representations of the expressions. Each page spread features an idiom, a poem pertaining the idiom, factual information and an accompanying illustration. The book is the fourth in the "Likes to Say" idiom series: My Momma Likes to Say, My Teacher Likes to Say, and My Grandma Likes to Say.

My preschool aged daughter is too young to completely understand idioms, but she does enjoy looking at the humorous pictures in the book. She also likes the short, rhyming poems that go along with each of the idioms featured in the book. Elementary school aged children will enjoy reading about the origins and meanings behind the phrases. Just like the other books in the award-winning series, this book would make an excellent teaching tool for homeschoolers and teachers interested in presenting a lesson on idioms.

My Daddy Like to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Jane Monroe Donovan. Sleeping Bear Press (April 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9781585364329

Related links, idiom activities & lessons plans:
Denise Brennan-Nelson - Author Website
"Likes to Say" Idiom Series Teacher's Guide
TheFreeDictionary Idiom Search Dictionary of English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Sleeping Bear Press has kindly offered to give away (3) copies of My Daddy Likes to Say to Brimful Curiosities readers.

To enter, comment with your favorite idiom. (If you can't think of any idioms, leave a comment relevant to this post.)

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A Prizy Pick


rhapsodyinbooks said...

One I can think of: A Leopard can't change his spots!

Please enter me so I can think of more!

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judybrittle said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted

barefootinhighheels said...

I always remember learning idioms in Spanish and how funny it was. My favorite was "en una boca cerrada no entran moscas" which meant "Silence is golden," but literally translated to "in a closed mouth, flies do not enter."


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Courtney said...

What a great book! My daughter would love this! How about "the early bird gets the worm" :) Thanks for the chance!

Courtney said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted:

MJ said...

I'm a southern gal, "A gracious plenty..."


Alice H said...

One I say all the time is "At the end of the day..." - I wonder if thats even an idiom though. I need to do some review from English class! Thanks for the chance - sounds like a great book. alicedemskehansen at

Alice H said...

I subscribe via google reader - alicedemskehansen at

auntrene said...

What fun... I would say"All Bark, No Bite" or "Apple of My Eye" Thanks for the chance at this great book

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Sue W. said...

The first one I can think of is "once bitten, twice shy"

Sue W. said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog at:

dctm said...

back to the drawing board is one I thought of...

dctm at bellsouth dot net

Diana D said...

Yada Yada Yada is a favorite of mine. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I love these! I ALWAYS get them wrong, so I am not going to write one down.


The Food Addicts said...

Wish I could follow you in Twitter, but I don't have an account, and I don't think I can manage another medium for social networking!

I can't think of a good idiom, so I would just like to say that your giveaway is great and if I win, I'll be giving this cute book to my niece! She will LOVE it.

Also, I have a giveaway at the moment on my food blog, too! It's a big bag of goodies and samples from the Food Expo I attended last week. Check out the site for more details!

Thank you for the giveaway!

Marie said...

I always liked "A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush"

Staci said...

A penny for your thoughts seems to be a popular one around here.

Nad said...

"There are many fishes in the sea".

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Great Fun said...

"Curiosity killed the cat" and "Barking up the wrong tree"


Anonymous said...

One of my favorites that I remember the most is "What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?"


Kristi said...

How about - Sleeping like a baby or Soft as a baby's bottom.

My son would love this book!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Sheila DeChantal said...

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise....

Please enter me.... I am curious how you got hooked into children's book reviews. I have signed up for a few but have yet to receive any. I am still trying to connect in that category and have had requests to feature children's books. Any advice would be much appreciated

Beth said...

Come Next Monday! Thanks for the chance for this book.

Cindy B. of Montana said...

Our favorite idiom is "You can't put too much water in a nuclear reactor". This comes from a SNL skit we used as a part of our annual training at work many years ago. You'd have to be a die-hard Ed Asner/SNL fan or an old-timer air traffic controller to get it...but we laugh and smile everytime someone says it :)

Cindy B. of Montana said...

follow on twitter(sendtocindy)and tweeted.

stiletto storytime said...

Followed on Twitter (stiletostrytime). "Do as I say, not as I do"....I have to follow Linda with that one.

Jake Lsewhere said...

Not sure it counts but perhaps "backseat drivier".

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Anonymous said...

I'll have a real "chip on my shoulder" if I don't win this book!
And I'll be "in a pickle" because I'll have to try and win it from another blog!
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

tina said...

my favorites are A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush, A Chip On Your Shoulder, and A dime a dozen thanks for the chance

danielle said...

"keep your eyes peeled" My Gmother use to always say! Id love this book!

Xenia said...

This will "soften the blow."

Great giveaway, thanks!

Michele Vogel said...

Following on tweeter. I tweeted:

Lindsey said...

I think my daughter "got up on the wrong side of the bed", lol. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I would be thrilled to win a copy!

ladyufshalott at

Lauren S. said...

"Snug as a bug in a rug" - that's where I wish I was right now!