The Dressing-Up Dad by Maudie Smith

The Dressing-Up Dad

Written by Maudie Smith
Illustrated by Paul Howard

Baby and Toddler   Father's Day   3+ readers   eBooks   

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Danny’s dad loves dressing up, and most of the time that’s great, but sometimes Danny wishes he’d dress like the other dads instead. So when his birthday comes round, even though there’s a bug theme, he asks his dad to come to the party as an ordinary dad. And because his dad loves him so much, he does. But it’s not much fun, at least until Danny’s friends ask his dad to put on his giant caterpillar costume ... This is a lovely story about accepting others for who they are, and a touching commentary on child/adult relationships. Danny and his dad’s delight in their costumes is contagious in Paul Howard’s characterful illustrations. ~ Andrea Reece


The Dressing-Up Dad by Maudie Smith

Danny LOVES dressing up. So does Dannys DAD! Whether it is pirates at a party or superheroes in the supermarket, they'll dress up anywhere, at any time, whatever the occasion. A brilliantly funny and uplifting celebration of dads and the importance of being yourself! Perfect for kids aged 2+, this gorgeously illustrated picture book from the much loved illustrator of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is the perfect gift to share on Father's Day!


Full of excitement and colourful illustrations, children will enjoy this funny tale about the importance of following your heart - Children's book of the week * Liverpool Echo * This is a lovely story, with bright and interesting pictures throughout and an easy story to follow * The Bookbag * A joyful funny and uplifting celebration of the special relationship between dads and their children, and the importance of being yourself - whoever that may be! * Parents in Touch * Picture books in which male parental figures feature at all are uncommon enough

About the Author

Maudie Smith

Maudie Smith started work as an actress, but moved to Bath with her TV screenwriter husband. She gave up touring theatre when she had children. In the last couple of years she's written a libretto for a newly commissioned opera and run a very successful school drama club, whilst raising two daughters, cats, chickens, guinea pigs etc. She is currently doing an MA at Bath Spa in Writing for Young People.

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32 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

4th May 2017




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