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Children’s Book Review: I Love My Dad Because by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo

Title: I Love My Dad Becausei love my dad because small

Author: Petra James & Alissa Dinallo

Published: July 23rd 2019

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 32

Genres:  Children (3-7 years)

RRP: $14.99

Rating: 4 stars

This book is for you and your dad.

Draw, decorate, colour in, count, play naughts and crosses, make a fish (or two) and then present the book to your dad for any special occasion: birthday, Xmas, Father’s Day … or just because.

An interactive picture book to personalise for your dad.


If you are panicking that Father’s Day is fast approaching and you have no idea what to give the special dad in your life, the man that has everything, here is the perfect gift idea! I Love My Dad Because is the follow on from the Mother’s Day edition of I Love My Mum Because by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo. It is yet another fantastic picture book that has a creative and innovative edge, allowing your child or children to personalise this book for the Dad figure in their life.

A special book to be passed on from a child to a loving parent, I Love My Dad Because is the latest collaborative effort from the very talented partnership of accomplished author Petra James and Alissa Dinallo, a fabulous book designer. Together, this duo have crafted an innovative picture book that can be adapted to the individual child and parent the book is intended for. A base template containing 32 pages bursting with colour, fun and busy bee activity, I Love My Dad Because is jam packed with memorable pages to fill in. From drawing simple pictures of Dad, and making handprints that last a lifetime, this book provides many opportunities for a child to go that extra mile in making their Father’s Day, birthday or Christmas present for Dad a special one indeed.

As a mother of two young children myself, I always find it impossible to come up with new and original ideas gift wise for Father’s Day and birthdays too. I Love My Dad Because is an excellent present to pass on to the men in our lives from their children. Personally, I loved the growth chart double spread, where the child is able to record their height changes on a tree outline. I also connected with the brightly decorated fireworks page, which asks the child to count the number of fireworks in the sky. The spot the bed bugs page gave me a chuckle. The page that asked for a set of ‘why’ questions for the child to ask their Dad was such a great idea. I liked how this particular activity was designed to encourage a child’s natural curiosity about the world around them, nurturing a sense of inquiry. There are many opportunities to engage in activities that promote alphabet knowledge, counting, fine motor skills through maze work, colour awareness and creating story narratives. It is a book that could be embraced by children from 3 to seven years, but it could easily be extended to children slightly younger, or older – beyond these age brackets.

I Love My Dad Because is a book to be shared, enjoyed, personalised and celebrated. If you haven’t found a gift yet for Father’s Day, add this one to your shopping basket.

I Love My Dad Because by Petra James and Allison Dinallo was published on 23rd July 2019 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

I wish to thank Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

I Love My Dad Because is book #107 of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge 

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