Papa Can Fix It!
Book 1 The Adventures of Liam and Landen Series
by Lee Alfred II
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Pub Date 10 May 2023 | Archive Date 08 Nov 2023
Stories To Tell, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Papa Can Fix It! is a picture book about high energy, African American brothers Liam and Landen who are a joy to their parents, but they love to break toys. Liam crashes his cars. Landen breaks his favorite board game. Liam paints the family dog green. Mom and Dad are frustrated. The boys never worry because they know that when Papa and Nana come to visit, Papa can fix it. But one day their grandfather decides it’s time for an important lesson. He tells them, “I can’t fix everything you touch.” In tears after Papa’s warning, the boys are heartbroken. Then they learn that only Nana can fix a broken heart.
It is a wonderful read-along for young readers and an easy read for fourth graders.
A Note From the Publisher
Illustrated by Jenny Cabatuan
“As a multigenerational tale, this book does a good job highlighting the positive relationships that can exist between child and grandparent, even when those bonds are stretched very thin.
Filled with onomatopoeia and repetitive phrases, the text will appeal to a wide range of readers who will enjoy reciting the words along with their caregivers
Though they are not always perfect, Liam and Landen have an important place in their family's hearts, and this book lovingly encapsulates some of the many levels of engagement families can share. This is a charming addition to household storybook collections.”
Mary Lanni, author of Early Learning Through Play: Library Programming for Diverse Communities
Author Lee Alfred is working with Stories To Tell (www.StoriesToTellBooks.com) to promote Papa Can Fix It!
Promotion will begin with outreach to reviewers through listing on Net Galley and individual emails to over a hundred including online review sites, bloggers, and Instagrammers. African American and reviewers and reviewers from under-represented communities are a particular focus of this outreach.
Lee will appear as a guest on podcasts and local media in the greater Southern California area. His initial appearance is scheduled on the Reading with Your Kids Podcast. Additional bookings are in the process of being scheduled.
We have launched a campaign targeted at schools and libraries using Library Journal, Library Thing, and targeted emails to connect with librarians.
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Average rating from 31 members
Papa Can Fix It is a beautiful story of two boys who have way too much energy! They break things often. (What can you do? Boys will be boys!) But they are in luck, because their papa can fix almost everything! Except broken hearts, he can't fix those. Lucky for the boys, Nana is an expert at fixing those!
This is a wonderful book about the power of family connection and love. I really enjoyed the illustrations, and how Nana is the one who fixes the most important things! 😂
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!
My twin boys loved this.. both are really destructive with their toys so we could definetly see similarities between them and the characters in the book. The pictures were bright and colourful with lots to look at. Thank you!
Such a cute book! The storyline, characters, and illustrations are all amazing. It’s a book about two brothers who causes destruction by breaking various items throughout the house (boys will be boys) but their Papa comes to the rescue and fixes everything.
This was a charming children’s book about “boys being boys” and their relationship with their grandparents.
I read this one to my son before his Papa was going to visit for the weekend so it definitely was a hit with him! He was so excited to read a book that he could actually relate to and he was constantly asking his own Papa to fix things when he was here!
The illustrations are colorful and vibrant and definitely grab your attention!
A very enjoyable read!
Overall rating: 5/5
I really liked the representation of the charcaters in this book and I felt that the message that the book was trying to convey was clear. The story is about two young boys called Liam and Landen who break lots of toys and their 'Papa' (grandfather) is there to fix the broken toys. The boys in the story feel that their Papa can fix anything and he can solve all of their problems. The message that I have interpretated is that different people in a child's life will be able to solve different problems for them. I felt that the illustrations were lovely and I feel that children will be able to relate to the characters in the book. I liked the use of different font sizes and use of onomatopoeia to show sounds.
This is a brilliant short story for children to enjoy!
The illustrations in the book are bright and colorful and will keep a small child's attention to the very end. The two brothers Liam and Landen are full of energy and love playing with (and breaking) their toys because their beloved grandfather (Papa) can fix anything! After the boys make a huge mess however, he lets them know that while he can fix many things he can't fix everything that they break. Nana is available for warm hugs however that can mend any broken heart!
I feel the title does an excellent job of portraying high-energy children and opens doors with children about the importance of taking care of your belongings. The fun images and rhymes are sure to get laughs as well.
This book is about two young boys that love to be boys and break things when they play. Nana and Papa come over and instantly all of the broken toys are fixed! This book shows the special bond between a grandparent and their grandchild.
Liam and Landon’s first book, Papa Can Fix It! by Lee Alfred II is an adorable story about 2 kids who truly see Papa through a child’s eyes. Papa can fix anything, they believe. It is an endearing book full of onomatopoeias, which are always fun to read out loud. Beautiful illustrations add to an already fantastic book!
This debut picture book by Lee Alfred II tells the tale of his two active sons and their fantastic relationship with their grandparents. Liam and Landen are extremely hard on their toys, and they end up breaking quite a few of them. They do not get upset because they know that when their grandfather visits, the toys will be mended. No matter what breaks the boys know that “Papa can fix it!” Boys can be too rough on their toys, and eventually Grandpa becomes fed up and tells them that they are being too hard on their toys and that he can’t fix everything. They finally suffer the natural consequence of not taking care of their toys and begin to cry. When this happens, Nana walks in with a big hug to fix their broken hearts.
The story is written in catchy rhymes. The repetitive phrase “Papa can Fix it!” will have your child chanting along. Soon they will be joining in as you read aloud the onomatopoeia “Bang, Crash, Smash.” Illustrator Jenny Cabatuan has provided bright colorful cartoon like artwork that will engage young children. I imagine that children will love this book.
The book expresses the positive support that grandparents can provide, even when their behavior is less than perfect. Unfortunately, it also gives an unintended message. I am sure that the author’s children were actually just rambunctious. But in the book, they come off as intentionally destructive. “Every day at play, they love to Break toys.” The use of the word love means that they are breaking them on purpose. Painting the dog seems like a funny incident, but it can give children the wrong idea. Parents will need to be sure to point out that it is a very bad idea, and the dog could get sick. They also destroy something that does not belong to them. I know that the behavior may be exaggerated, but I would have punished the children for those last two actions. As a grandparent I would have reservations sharing this book. Whoever is reading this book to the children needs to use it as a springboard to discuss the behaviors. For this reason, I gave this charming book that would have otherwise received a rave review only a three-star rating. It would be a fun addition to the home library, but it is not a must read.
I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is May 10, 2023
It's a good thing that Papa Can Fix It because Liam and Landon are super destructive lol
They seem to break every toy that they touch!! And as far as what Papa can't fix (hearts), it's really great that Nana can. This was a short book full of great full color illustrations. Thank you to Netgalley and Lee Alfred II for supplying me with a digital copy of Papa Can Fix It so that I could offen an honest review.
This was so cute!! We don’t often find books with a nana and a papa (which is what we call my parents) and my 2.5 year old loved this about the book! She decided she had to call her papa and ask him to fix things after reading this!
Just read this with my 8 year old and we loved it! We found it really funny because we ask our papa to fix things but he normally brakes it even more! We also thought it was funny that the boys broke everything they touched, a bit like the children in this house! An excellent story for any child that has a close relationship with their Papa, however I wouldn’t read this to the children in my classroom as could possibly be a bit sensitive for children who either don’t have a Papa or have lost a Papa.