The Dictionary of Dads

The Dictionary of Dads

Justin Coe

illustrated by Steve Wells

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!

There are more than fifty different dads in The Dictionary of Dads. Find your favourite – but watch out for Exploding Dad!


This is a brilliant and funny debut collection from a poet who performs his work in schools and theatres across the UK, with witty illustrations by Steve Wells.

Also by Justin Coe & Steve Wells:
The Magic of Mums
Dictionary of Dads

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Dictionary of Dads
Dictionary of Dads

Publishing May 2017

PB : £6.99

198 X 129mm

 112 pages : Age 7+

Dictionary of Dads

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Carousel reviews Dictionary of Dads

"A lively collection "

Book for Keeps gives Dictionary of Dads 4 stars

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

Read it Daddy reviews Dictionary of Dads

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

Poetry Zone reviews Dictionary of Dads

"Young readers will find themselves wondering about what it means to be a father after reading what is a rather good debut by a writer well-known on the performance circuit for his poetry as well as his spoken word theatre shows for young people. Nice, simple illustrations are by Steve Wells."

Red Reading Hub reviews Dictionary of Dads

"Dads come in all shapes and sizes: in this, his debut collection, performance poet, Justin Coe introduces a veritable alphabetic assortment… It’s impossible to mention all the dads that feature in this collection but it’s certainly one I’d want to add to any primary class collection, or to a family bookshelf. Steve Wells’ visual pen-and-ink embellishments are numerous – at least one per spread – and add to the individual reader’s enjoyment."

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