The ideal gift book for anyone whose dad makes them laugh — or roll their eyes.
When his son says "I’m hungry," Dad says, "Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you." Before slicing a cake for dessert, Dad announces, "There’s my piece. What’s everybody else having?" Tell Dad your foot hurts? "No problem. You’ve got another." How is he feeling? "With my hands." So when nothing’s up but the sky, or when jumping in the shower sounds dangerous, it may be a good time to share this book with someone who doesn’t need sugar because, well, they’re sweet enough already.
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People often ask if the book is actually about my dad. I'm lucky because I grew up with two dads, my father and my step father. My dad likes to tell long stories and my step dad likes to recite silly poems. Mainly, the jokes in My Dad Thinks He's Funny came from lots of other people.
Once I had the idea for the book I started listening out for jokes and every time I heard one I would write it down. My father-in-law probably contributed the most but there are also jokes from my sister-in-law, my brother and my husband.
Once I had a collection of 'dadisms' I decided to write the book from the point of view of a child. I wanted to create a story that was warm and humorous, rather than just a collection of jokes. I was looking for the kind of jokes that make us roll our eyes but also make us laugh. I think my father-in-law is quite proud to see some of his best material in print!
My favourite page is the one where the little boy asks, "Dad, do you know what?" and Dad answers, "I don't know What, but I know his brother." That makes me laugh every time.
Katrina Germein is an award-winning picture-book author from Australia. When she’s not writing, she loves swimming in the ocean with her three children.
Tom Jellett is an illustrator whose work has appeared in several books, as well as in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph (Australia). He lives in Australia.
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