My Daddy is a Silly Monkey by Dianne Hofmeyr

My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

Written by Dianne Hofmeyr
Illustrated by Carol Thompson

3+ readers   Father's Day   5+ readers   

The Lovereading4Kids comment

‘My daddy is a great big bear’ says a little girl, and he is bearlike in the mornings – grizzling, grouchy and yawning. Cleaning their teeth together she sees him as a naughty crocodile with a toothy grin; at breakfast he’s like an octopus, he’s got so many things to do; and when it’s time for bed he’s a galumphing monster, threatening to eat her up if she doesn’t tidy up and get ready. But at the end of the day, too tired to play, he’s just her lovely daddy. The story describes beautifully the fun the two have together and the love between them and it’s told brilliantly through words and Carol Thompson’s scratchy, lively and heart-warming illustrations. A wonderful way to get children thinking about what their daddy means to them. ~ Andrea Reece


My Daddy is a Silly Monkey by Dianne Hofmeyr

My daddy is a great big bear. He gets out of bed and grumbles and grouches, scratches and yawns! This charming picture book for younger children portrays a day in the life of a dad and daughter in a single-parent home, as they get up, have breakfast, go to school, go swimming, make dinner and prepare for bedtime. Dad is a great big bear, a silly monkey, a crocodile, an octopus and, at bedtime, a scary monster for a little while - but in the end it's Daddy being Daddy that the little girl loves best.


Thompson's mixed-media-with-collage illustrations bring the fun to life, the daughter's joy and the father's exuberance more than evident on the page. Bright colors and a scratchy, splotchy style suit the topic, and observant readers can see details in the pictures that lead the child to think her dad is each kind of animal. Readers at home and at school will enjoy using this as a springboard for describing their own dads and the things they do together. * Kirkus Reviews * Lovely pics and lots of giggles as we read it through. Perfect idea for father's day. * Let them be Small * This warm and affectionate depiction of a day in the life of a single dad and his daughter is lovingly rendered in lots of splashy detail by Carol Thompson. The playful text works well with the energetic illustration; Dad is cheerful, fun and realistically exhausted by the end of the day, and the little girl is, again, authentically depicted as a whirlwind of activity. * Booktrust * An imaginative children's story full of fabulous animal fun as a little girl imagines all the animals that her daddy can be like...Told from the perspective of a single parent dad bringing up a daughter, this is a fantastic little book that doesn't stray too far into 'Dads being daft

* Read It Daddy! * A joyful celebration of daddies everywhere with appeal and resonance for children and their parents too. * Books for Keeps 4 star review * Colourful mixed media and collage capture the joy and dynamism of the happy pair. * Irish Examiner *

About the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up next to the sea, on the southern tip of Africa, and has travelled just about everywhere in Africa since. Her father was a mapmaker - helping her to plot not only the stars and unfamiliar terrain but also the texture and smell of new experiences. Her writing is a result of journeys with notebook and camera through places like Eygpt, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Her teenage fiction has won the prestigious M-Net Book prize, judged with adult fiction, the Sanlam GOLD for Youth Literature (twice), the Sanlam SILVER award, the YOUNG AFRICA AWARD, an IBBY HONOURS BOOK award and a YOUNG AFRICA award. In South Africa, 'The Waterbearer' has won the M.E.R. award and is currently shortlisted for the Sunday Times Book of the Year.

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32 pages


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Otter-Barry Books Ltd

Publication date

4th May 2017




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