The Dictionary of Dads


By Justin Coe
Illustrated by Steve Wells

A brilliant and funny debut collection of poems about more than fifty different dads, with witty illustrations.

'He’s my Abracadabra dad
He wows me with his wizardry
Slips secrets up his sleeve
To magic away misery'

Look out for Big Bad Dad and Caveman Dad, laugh at Daddy Disaster and Donkey Dad, feel sorry for Faraway Dad and look forward to Homecoming Dad. Then raise a cheer for Mum-Dad!




Age 7+





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"A collection to enjoy which gives plenty to think about that will resonate with many children and fathers everywhere too."

Books for Keeps


"A fantastic book that gathers together just about every type of dad you can think of in a brilliant poetry A-Z."

Read It, Daddy!


"A lively collection."


Justin Coe


Justin Coe is a performance poet on a mission to reconnect people with poetry and poetry with people. A regular and popular performer in schools, theatres and community settings, he has entertained everywhere from Sheppey to Shanghai and from the Savoy Hotel to street corners, steam trains and a sitting-room made entirely out of newspaper. He first dreamt of writing a book when he was five years old. In 2020 he added The Magic of Mums to his published books. Justin Coe lives in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Steve Wells


Steve Wells is a designer and illustrator. He has designed over 200 book covers and his spontaneous and scratchy illustrations have appeared in more than a dozen books and have been published around the world. He lives in Bath with his wife and three children, one cat and a lizard.


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