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How it Works: The Dad

“What does a hippopotamus eat, Dad?” asks Philip.


“Children who ask for stuff in the gift shop,” says his dad.


Being a dad is brilliant.

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“What does a hippopotamus eat, Dad?” asks Philip.

“Children who ask for stuff in the gift shop,” says his dad.

Being a dad is brilliant.

Dads are very useful. They know how to swim, ride a bike and drive a car; all of which they teach us to do.

They tell us how hard life was in their day, remind us to turn off lights and can often be found shouting at the television on match days.

Sometimes, dads need to be alone.

In search of peace and quiet, a dad can often be found in the garage, shed or out fishing. On bad days, even the river is too noisy for him and he ‘Shh’s the ripples.

In this laugh-out-loud guide, you will be reminded of everything a dad can be; complete with original but reinterpreted illustrations from the Ladybird Guides for children.

"It’s enough to make Peter and Jane choke on their watercress sandwiches." – The Independent

Do you ever find yourself longing for a simpler time? That time before the horrors of speed-bumps, automated supermarket checkouts and infernal switchboard options; the days when telephones had wires and a reassuring rotating dial, a tweet meant birdsong and Brexit might possibly have meant a new kind of breakfast cereal?

Fear not, for you are not alone. What you need are the new manuals for our times, simple primers for the everyday predicaments we find ourselves in.

Dear friend, what you need is a Ladybird.