You'll be hooked in this addition to the "My Dad..." series, where Dad sails the seven seas with more jokes to make you laugh - arrr arrr arrr!

Captain Dad and his crew are having a day at the beach, and of course Dad is bringing his treasure trove of jokes. Whether it’s a ship he bought on sail or an earring that costs one buccaneer, a day with Dad is shore to be hilarious! At least he seems to think so.


Katrina Germein is a best-selling picture book author. Published worldwide, Katrina’s Big Rain Coming (illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft) has remained continuously in print since it was first published in 1999. Her popular title, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny ( also illustrated by Tom Jellett), was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Thunderstorm Dancing (illustrated by Judy Watson) is among many of Katrina’s books to have received a Notable Book Commendation from The Children’s Book Council of Australia, and to be featured on children’s television programs such as Play School. In 2019 Katrina won the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Let's Go Strolling (illustrated by Danny Snell). Katrina writes about family, Australian life and the natural environment.

Tom Jellett is a Sydney based illustrator. For over twenty years he has illustrated a number of books for children including My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein, Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner, Whale in the Bath by Kylie Westaway and the upcoming Besties series with Sporty Kids author Felice Arena. His work can also be seen in a number of magazines and newspapers, including editorial illustrations for The Australian and The Weekend Australian. Tom was also recently included in the Editorial and Book category for Illustrators 61, and exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York in 2019.


It is fun to read aloud, and children who are independent readers will appreciate the play on words, sure to bring giggles as well as some groans. It is easy to relate to the story as many readers will know a relative or friend who delights in the sorts of jokes and wordplay that is found in the My dad thinks books.

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A wonderfully warm and positive image of family is spread over every page, highlighting the things families do together, modelling a happy involved family group.

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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.

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Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, 5-8 Years
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