When all the kids at school proudly tell the important things their dads do, Tina pretends her dad is an astronaut, but all the other kids point out they know he's a garbage man.
One day Tina comes home from school crying because her teacher asked everyone what their fathers did. Rangjit s dad is a TV actor, Peter's dad is a rock star, Julie's dad is a famous judge, John's dad is a General, Melissa's dad is a surgeon, and Emma's dad is the captain of the Australian soccer team.
Tina tries to claim that her dad is an astronaut, but all the other kids know the truth, and say that he sweeps the streets and empties the bins. Why doesn't my daddy do something important?’ Tina asks her mum.
But he does, Mum says. Let me see… He does silly things to make you laugh, he plays games with you till way past your bedtime, he tickles your feet until you beg him to stop, he listens for hours to all your tall stories, he reads to you at bedtime, he does all these things because he loves you and that's the most important job in the world.
Just then Daddy comes home from work and Tina rushes to give him a great big hug for being the best dad in the whole wide world!
About The Author
Gordon Reece is the youngest of six children who studied English Literature at Oxford University, and worked as an English teacher before deciding to re qualify as a lawyer. In 1999 he and his wife Joanna moved to Spain and Gordon concentrated on full-time writing and illustrating for children. His first book, The Zebra and the Crocodile, was published in Spain in 2002 and his first Lothian book, The Runaway Circus, was published in 2004. His next picture book Nog the Nag Bird was published in 2006. Gordon and Joanna emigrated to Australia in 2005 and now live in Victoria.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Vilma Cencic has always loved drawing, and studied design at the University of Western Sydney with a major in illustration. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator and has been illustrating for School Magazine for the past ten years. Vilma's first illustrated book was Mr Pavlov's Possum, in the Lothian Giggles series, written by Vashti Farrer. Vilma lives in Sydney with her husband, two young boys and their pet dog Sparky.
For Ages: 7+ years old
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 13th August 2009
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 23.0 x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.15