Writing Hey Dad, You’re Great
Hey Dad, You’re Great, is the third in a series of books for babies, young children and parents, to treasure and share together, Published by Black Dog Books, an imprint of Walker Books Australia.
The series began with ‘Hey Baby!’ then stepped into ‘Hey Mum, I Love You’ for Mother’s Day (and at all times of the year) and then ‘Hey Dad, You’re Great’, released just in time for Father’s Day 2014.
Hey Baby! is 53 words long whereas Hey Mum, I Love You is 66 (a doorstopper!) and Hey Dad, You’re Great coming in at 61 words is probably less cute and more wacky and funny – because I think dads are mostly more wacky than mums – but as I said at the Hey Mum launch, each of those words come from my heart and tidying up, refining, deleting, replacing and finding that perfect word balance – takes much longer than most people imagine.
This book was also launched at the Ivanhoe Library by children’s author and then Yabba Marketing Co-ordinator, Bernadette Kelly and was organised by, also then, Trish Trcala, Librarian at Ivanhoe Library. As for many of my launches, Anne Ryan took some fabulous photos.
Hey Dad, You’re Great is dedicated to my darling dad, my grandpa, pop and great-grandpa all of whom I was lucky enough to know and love and who were all great dads – and for my husband Grant, who is.