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Children's Fiction Parents

My Tattooed Dad

by (author) Daniel Nesquens

illustrated by Magicomora

translated by Elisa Amado

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2011
Parents, Boys & Men, Fantasy & Magic
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


An International Youth Library White Ravens selection

Dad goes and comes. Like the day, like the night. A young boy describes what life is like when his dad comes home -- how he fries up chicken samosas for dinner, how he makes jokes and fools around, and how he carries him off to bed when he is sleepy. His dad also tells wonderful stories of his adventures in far-off lands, often inspired by his many exotic tattoos.

His letters to his son are full of great stories about the past -- what the first date with the boy's mother was like and how he saved the boy's life twice, once when he was stolen from his baby basket by a dog and once when he flew out the car window. But as his mother says, his dad has ants in his pants, which means he's often not around. Still, life rolls along with one fantastical tale after another, in good times and bad.

This extraordinary father's gift is the life of the imagination, which is always with his son, even when he is not.

About the authors

Daniel Nesquens is a prolific, award-winning author who has written books for children and young adults, many of them available in either bilingual or Spanish editions in North America, including Caminando sobre el alambre, Como pez en el agua, Días de Clase / School Days (Sopa de Libros / Soup of Books), Papa tenia un sombrero / Dad Had a Hat (Sopa De Libros / Soup of Books) and Mi familia / My Family. Several of his books have been listed in the White Ravens Catalogue and have been recognized by Venezuela's Banco del libro in "Los mejores libros para ninos y jovenes" (the best books for children and youth).

Daniel Nesquens' profile page

Magicomora is one of the most important pop surrealist artists in Spain and has exhibited his work all over the world. He is also a children's book illustrator with more than fifteen books to his credit. The Spanish edition of My Tattooed Dad was named best children's book by the Association of Illustrators of Catalonia.

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Editorial Reviews

A strange and entertaining affirmation of the parent-child bond.

Kirkus Reviews

..My Tattooed Dad curiously lingers in the mind long after the last spectacular page...Recommended.

CM Magazine

...the words and pictures evoke a kind of touching nostalgia, hardened and sweet, and paint a lovely, alternative picture of a father-son bond.


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