The entertainment that the Little Critter series provides is endless, all thanks to Mercer Mayer, a name that has become synonymous with delightful stories meant to help teach kids various things as well as entertain them and even help them learn to read. Mercer Mayer even illustrates all his own books with fun watercolors that can brighten any child’s day. Parents can find just about any Little Critter children’s book that will suit their youngster perfectly.
When Little Critter and his pop head out on a camping trip, Little Critter knows that it is going to be loads of fun. It is the perfect father-son time, and there is so much for them to do together! They get to put up a tent, go fishing in the pond, build a campfire, cook up fish for dinner, and then sleep under
the beautiful, sparkling stars. Of course, camping is not always very easy. Little Critter tends to make some mistakes that can turn simple tasks into slightly more daunting ones. He worries a little bit that his father might get angry or frustrated with him, but in the end, dad shows that no matter what, he loves his son and that mistakes are, after all, just mistakes. They have a great time together and everyone is happy on their brief vacation – even the mouse and the spider that tend to go wherever Little Critter does! Just Me and My Dad is a great book for young children to read with their fathers, though it can be enjoyed by anyone. The text is minimal, using just enough words and sentences to get the ideas across to young kids, as this book is intended for ages 3 and up, and will be easy for them to relate to. Simple phrases like “Dad drove the car because I’m too little” easily work for readers, especially when coupled with cute illustrations of Little Critter lugging around his bedroll and a lantern while wearing big boots, his mouse and spider buddies helping him by carrying along a little hatchet. A great read that will be flipped through over and over, you can’t go wrong with Mayer’s Little Critter series.