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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755496
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

DADS: A Field Guide




What kind of Dad do you have?

What kind of Dad do you have?

Find out with this handy field guide, a celebration of the many & varied types of dad. Recognised as the Universal Authority on Dad Identification, this invaluable book provides an intimate look at dads in their natural environment.

Learn how to identify each species by his distinctive dress, dedicated hobbies and surrounding habitat.

Surfer Dad, Handy Dad, Holiday Dad - delight in spotting the idiosyncrasies that make up your beloved Dad.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755496
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Justin Ractliffe

Justin worked at Random House Australia and ran many successful and award-winning campaigns during his time there.

He has two young daughters and got the idea for the book from watching all the different types of dads dropping their kids off at school.

DADS: A Field Guide is his first children's book.

Cathie Glassby

After a decade working in the music industry, Cathie Glassby's illustrations have emerged from her love of music, pop culture, vintage posters and fashion.

Her work has led her to be selected as one of a stable of artists to contribute to iconic Australian brand Mambo, and the Australian artist run collective Art Park, with her artwork included in clothing ranges, exhibitions and publications.

In 2008 Cathie was nominated as one of the world's most exciting female illustrators by illustration almanac Curvy.

Dads - A Field Guide is her first children's book.


Praise for DADS: A Field Guide

“In just 65 words Ractliffe has created a text of immense charm and good humour, ably assisted by Glassby's laugh-out-loud illustrations, showing all kinds of dads in their glorious diversity.”

Veronicah Larkin, Sydney's Child

“Justin Ractliffe’s striking, modern and totally funky book on dads is taken to great heights with Cathie Glassby’s kooky, childlike and immensely whimsical illustrations...Charming, colourful and fun.”

Boomerang Books

“The easy charm and gentle humour of these unpretentious but very individual dads will appeal mostly to very young children.”

Magpies Magazine

“You will laugh out loud looking at all the great illustrations.”

West Australian

“Your littlie will love flipping through, with Cathie Glassby's bright illustrations capturing all kinds of fathers in their natural environments.”

Practical Parenting

“Dads come in all shapes and sizes and DADS is a whimsical take on a fundamental part of life... This is a happy book to be enjoyed by and shared with pre-school and infants' aged ankle-biters.”

Reading Time

“This adorable book will have tots as young as one, pointing and giggling and enjoying a smorgasbord of dads as they go about their unique ways.”

Kids Book Review


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