1. Aug, 2017

Weird Father's Day Gift For Normal Dads

It’s that time of year again. The time dads in Australia act surprised on Father’s Day, as they open gifts from Bunnings

I’m an advocate for Father’s and Mother’s Day, so don’t get me wrong. I know it’s highly commercialized but we need to teach kids to show appreciation and to give to others, even if it means putting their hands in their Angry Birds or Trolls wallets.

But this Father’s Day, Sunday 3 September, how about a novelty gift for Dad? He is usually the man who has everything, so how can you make him laugh? Capitalising on sweeping generalisations about Dads might be a good place to start but I’m not suggesting anything tool or gardening related.

David Moye (HuffPost), wrote an article for Father’s Day in the US, titled Weird Father’s Day Gifts That Even A Normal Dad Will Love.

Yes, there are the standard ‘all-dads-love-beer’ gifts but there’s also a book mentioned and only one book made the list!

It’s my debut picture book, Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo. This article gets the “Poo Book”. It pinpoints the tremendous novelty factor in a book that cheeky mums and kids can buy for the dads (or grandads) in their life.

We have all bought books about the love between a Daddy Bear and a Baby Bear for Dad’s first Father’s Day but what about kids who are getting older and becoming attuned to the world around them?

I have great feedback from parents who love reading Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo with their children – both dads and mums alike. It’s the kind of book that ends up on rotation. Four to seven-year olds love this kind of fun, toilet humour and they are more knowing than we like to think, without getting caught up in higher levels of meaning. The latter is for mums and dads who read the book and if your family has a good sense of humour and can cope with a few mentions of poo, you won’t be disappointed. I’d liken it to the kind of novelty longevity enjoyed by My Aussie Dad (Yvonne Morrison and Gus Gordon, Scholastic).

But is there a more serious point to this blog, apart from a book plug? 

I’m a children’s book author, so I would advocate giving a book to Dad or Grandad this Father’s Day, especially if your son or daughter need assistance with reading. They might be a reluctant reader and humour could be the hook that reels them in.

Childhood literacy is important and experts acknowledge the power of a male role model reading books to themselves, or to their sons, in particular. It has an incredible influence on young boys, who may naturally favor more physical pursuits. 

Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo (Lulu Publishing), is for every family who has ever laughed at a certain someone who sits on the toilet for too long. It’s for a Mum who’s ever wondered where her husband was hiding out for hours on end. It’s for a child who finds poo hilarious and most of all, it’s for a cheeky dad or grandad, who can laugh at himself. 

The book is averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars on Goodreads with 16 member reviews and 5 stars on Amazon with 11 customer reviews. 

"Daddy and the World's Longest Poo is a wonderfully whimsical book about one of life's greatest mysteries. Both children and adults alike will enjoy the authors wicked sense of humor as she explores where and why dads disappear for such long periods of time. With bright beautiful illustrations that at times reminded me of Dr. Seuss' art style bringing the funny story to life. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this delightfully entertaining book." – Amazon Customer Review (5 stars). 

For Australian shoppers, Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo is available to buy online at Lulu.com (in paperback and eBook). It is also in paperback on Amazon, and all major online book retailers – see here for details. It's best online price (with local postage in Australia) is with the Just Write for Kids Shop.

And if you’re from the Sunshine State, drop in to visit 'Human Bel' and 'Human Jack' at the very cool Little Gnome bookstore and coffee shop in Wynnum. Little Gnome is well stocked with copies of Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo and it’s a great way to avoid postage fees.

Don't miss out for Father's Day - order your copy now.

Daddy and the World's Longest Poo Book Trailer.