My Daddy is a Silly Monkey by Dianne Hofmeyr illustrated by Carol Thompson, published by Tafelberg, R139 (hardcover edition R219)
This is the latest in a string of dozens of books by former art teacher Dianne Hofmeyr – a South African who now lives in London and who has had her children’s books translated into several languages.
It takes a delightful look at a single chaotic day in the life of a very hands-on father as he moves from animal to animal, starting with a grizzly-bearded bear and morphing eventually into a tired human by bedtime.
The illustrations by Carol Thompson are fresh and full of life. This would be an ideal gift for a new dad for Father’s Day, which is coming up soon. It also would a be a great book for a single dad – or any parent actually – to read to a pre-schooler.