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Debbie’s Review

Do you have a special Dad? Like maybe the BEST dad in the world? Let’s face it, just like Jess Racklyeft’s previous picture book, There is Only One Mum Like You, when it comes to Dads, most of us think our dad is the best, better than all the rest. If you feel like this about your dad, then Jess Racklyeft’s recently released picture book, There is Only One Dad Like You, is sure to capture your heart.

There’s only one dad like you, Dad.

My hero, friend and guide.

You teach me about this great big world

and how to enjoy the ride.


Wise dads, caring dads, daring dads, creative dads – each dad brings their own sense of fun. Joyful, tender and heartfelt, There’s Only One Dad Like You, is a celebration of the merry magic of dads.

Using minimal words, this is a tender tribute to all dads or father figures out there in the big, wide world who, on a daily basis, demonstrate their love and devotion for their children in big ways, small ways and sometimes unique ways. Even though many may work, as well as take care of the family, dads never cease to come up with creative ways to entertain, soothe, teach, and simply ‘be there’ for their children. If blessed with children, being a father is one of the most valuable roles a person can have and the most rewarding, even though at times, it can sometimes be challenging. But, where would we be without them? 

Author/Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft

Publisher: Affirm Press

Publication Date: 23 July 2019

Category: Picture Book

Hardback: 24 pages

RRP: $19.99

ISBN-10: 1925870537

ISBN-13: 978-1925870534 

Jess combines her artistic talents of writing and illustrating to share her love poem to dads in rhyme. The only way to discover the true magic of rhyme is to read it out loud, which is the way every picture book should be read. Rhyme is lyrical and children enjoy hearing stories and poetry that is well written. If the rhythm is true and the beat just right, stories tend to stick in your mind. If the words roll off the tongue naturally, you’re on a winner.

Jess’ whimsical watercolour illustrations are delightful and happy; children will find it fun exploring and discovering lots of interesting gems on the pages of this book. Using whimsy animal characters throughout, the illustrations invite a discussion between reader and listener. This book is a springboard for many ideas showcasing all the different ways dads help take care of us and importantly how they differ too. I recommend this book to anyone who has a dad, grandfather, or even a special male role model in their life, which is pretty much all of us.

The animal characters neutralise gender and open the door for diversity and inclusiveness for a variety of family situations.

You can find the publisher’s notes and teaching notes here.


Please note:

In exchange for an honest review, I was sent a complimentary copy of the book, ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’, by Jess Racklyeft from the publisher, Affirm Press.