Katrina Germein (author) and Tom Jellett (illustrator), My Dad thinks he’s a Pirate, Walker Books Australia, August, 2022, 32 pp., RRP $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781760653460
Here’s another title in the popular ‘My Dad’ series. It is replete with dad jokes, puns, riddles, and knock-knock jokes. In particular, the author has a lot of fun with homophones: sail/sale, sea/see, shore/sure. The younger audience will not understand this humour, but older siblings probably will. The book begs to be read aloud, preferably with a ‘pirate’ voice! There is, of course, the ubiquitous fart joke.
Jellett’s illustrations portray a traditional, nuclear family’s day out by the sea, with dad fishing off a pier with his older son, and mum on the beach looking after the toddler. Jellett uses bright colours, sure to appeal to the intended audience.
Reviewed by Gaby Meares