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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Nominated for Kate Greenaway Medal 17
"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."