Part Three of the Books For Father’s Day instalment deals with superheros, quotes and dad jokes- everything he needs on his special day!
Dad You Are My Super Hero – Marvel
This keepsake book would make the perfect present for all those dad’s out there who consider themselves to be Marvel comics fans. Featuring detailed illustrations of some of the more popular Marvel superheroes (Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk and Spider-man), this journal allows children and their fathers to record some of the funniest, cleverest, and inventive things they have done together (among other things). There are spaces to draw pictures, stick in photographs and write down information and memories. There are also challenges involved (who is the best cook and who will get the best fitness results?) to make the book a little more interesting. While there are many similar books available, no other features super heroes quite like this one, and comic/graphic novel fans of all ages will be sure to appreciate it.
My Dad Is A Superhero – Ruby Brown (Illustrated by Lesley Vamos)
Sadly, we all reach a point in our lives when we realise that our dad is not the invincible superhuman that we always thought. Sure, he’s still an amazing guy, but he does have his faults, just like everyone else. Luckily, it takes quite a few years for this realisation to sink in, and most childhoods are spent admiring the superhero qualities that dad possesses. This book is a celebration of those qualities- from an ability to predict the future, to mind control powers; from having a genius brain to being super strong. When it comes to dad, no superhero power is left out. This picture story book is sure to be a winner- not only will children enjoy the illustrations, but dad will love the champion connotations.
Some Dads… - Nick Bland
From the author of The Very Cranky Bear series comes this sweet picture story book about all the different types of dads you might find. You might have a ‘sporty’ dad, like the frog who plays a video game from the couch while wearing a sweatband around his head, or you might have a ‘strolling’ dad, like the tortoise listening to his headphones as he pushes his child in a pram. You might have a ‘rock’n’rolling’ dad, like the Elvis-impersonating, guitar-playing rhinoceros in the kitchen, or you might have a dad who worries, like the elephant who has filled his swimming pool with flotation devices just before his child dives in. The illustrations in this book are entertaining and the message- that all dads are different- is highlighted through the antics of each of the animals. Nick Bland’s books are always popular with younger children, and this one is sure to be no exception.
For The Best Dad In The World – Various
There are plenty of quotes books around- some funny and some inspirational. This book is a celebration of fathers, and features a collection of quotes from authors, performers, politicians, sports stars and historical figures about fatherhood and family life. Some of the pages include quips by well-known people, including playwright William Shakespeare, comedian Bill Cosby, actor Sean Penn and author Margaret Atwood, but there are also plenty of anonymous quotes and old proverbs scattered throughout. This book would make the perfect addition to whatever present you plan on buying for your dad this Father’s Day, helping him to see just how much you appreciate him.
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny – Katrina Germein (Illustrated by Tom Jellett)
Think of all the lame dad jokes you know. Now think of them in a picture story format, with the protagonist of the story- a young boy- having to deal with his fathers’ constant reciting of them in everyday life. This long-suffering child can’t say anything without a ‘witty’ response from his dad, who thinks he’s funny. Examples include the boy saying, “I’m hungry,” with the answer of, “Hello Hungry. Pleased to meet you,” and, when dad’s standing in front of the television and the boy complains that he can’t see- “Well, open your eyes!” Dads will love this book for the potential new material they can learn, and children with a dad exactly like the one in this book will be pleased to know that lame dad jokes are a universal problem and not one they have to deal with alone.
My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny – Katrina Germein (Illustrated by Tom Jellett)
Taking advantage of the unlimited number of dad jokes available, the author and illustrator of My Dad Thinks He’s Funny have released a sequel to their popular children’s book. Once again, dad has a ‘funny’ response for everything that his son (and other family members) might say. But hanging around dad so much seems to have rubbed off on his son, who may have learnt a ‘funny’ thing or two in response to his dad’s witticism…