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Nominated for Kate Greenaway Medal 2017







32 pages

Pub Date

May 3, 2017



Age 3+

My Daddy Is A Silly Monkey

By Dianne Hofmeyr
Illustrated by Carol Thompson

A cheerful story about growing up with Dad as a single parent.

'My daddy is a great big bear. He gets out of bed and grumbles and grouches, scratches and yawns!'

This charming picture book for younger children portrays a day in the life of a dad and daughter in a single-parent home, as they get up, have breakfast, go to school, go swimming, make dinner and prepare for bedtime. Dad is a great big bear, a silly monkey, a crocodile, an octopus and, at bedtime, a scary monster for a little while – but in the end it's Daddy being Daddy that the little girl loves best.



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"Thompson's mixed-media-with-collage illustrations bring the fun to life, the daughter's joy and the father's exuberance more than evident on the page. Bright colors and a scratchy, splotchy style suit the topic, and observant readers can see details in the pictures that lead the child to think her dad is each kind of animal. Readers at home and at school will enjoy using this as a springboard for describing their own dads and the things they do together."


"Lovely pics and lots of giggles as we read it through. Perfect idea for father's day."

Let them be Small

"This warm and affectionate depiction of a day in the life of a single dad and his daughter is lovingly rendered in lots of splashy detail by Carol Thompson. The playful text works well with the energetic illustration; Dad is cheerful, fun and realistically exhausted by the end of the day, and the little girl is, again, authentically depicted as a whirlwind of activity."



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Dianne Hofmeyr


Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the southern tip of Africa and was an art and ceramics teacher. She lives in central London with her family nearby. Journeys to faraway places like China, Siberia and Senegal often inspire the thread of her stories and her shelves overflow with notebooks, maps and scraps of paper. Her picture books are translated into many languages. The Magic Bojabi Tree, illustrated by Piet Grobler, was nominated for the 2014 Kate Greenaway Award and Zeraffa Giraffa, illustrated by Jane Ray, was chosen by the Sunday Times for the Top 100 Children’s Classics List.

Carol Thompson


Carol Thompson is the illustrator and in some cases author/illustrator of more than sixty books that have been translated into over twenty languages. She has had many award-winning books, including Mommy, Mama and Me, and Daddy, Papa and Me, which were both winners of the Stonewall Honour Picture Book Award, and Thunderboomer, which was a 2010 American Library Association Notable Book, Smithsonian Museum Notable Books for Children and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. One.Two.Three, Jump! was included in the Guardian top 10 most inclusive books for children. Underlying Carol's work is a belief in the power of picture books and stories to show a child that there is 'someone else like me!' Carol is an IBBY UK committee member, has three sons and lives in Leicestershire.


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