The Best Dad in the World, by Pat Chapman

The Best Dad in the World by Pat Chapman, and illustrated by Cat Chapman is a quality, if formulaic book celebrating kiwi Dads.

An easy choice for father’s days, birthday’s and Christmas’s for dads everywhere The Best Dad in the World includes many generic dad traits and Cat Chapman’s illustrations are careful to include most ‘kiwi’ dads – well Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island dads that is.

This is a solid book, following a well-worn path. And while it works fine, and the illustrations are bright and lively, I can’t help feeling it’s a missed opportunity – what if Dad’s were radically different to the stereotypes we’re regularly encouraged to see as normal dad behaviour?

Nevertheless, I’m sure The Best Dad in the World will turn up in many father’s hands this father’s day and will encourage kids from kids eager to celebrate their dads.

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Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.

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