The Dictionary of Dads


He’s my Abracadabra dad
He wows me with his wizardry
Slips secrets up his sleeve
To magic away misery


The Dictionary of Dads is my debut solo poetry collection published by Otter-Barry books and illustrated by Steve Wells. There's over 50 poems - funny and thought-provoking - about different sorts of fathers. You'll find some quotes from reviews and pictures by Steve Wells below.

My second book with Otter-Barry, also illustrated by Steve Wells, comes out in February 2020.


"A lot really jump off the page when read aloud, proving the author's pedigree and training in the school recital that led up to this debut publication. But even from a more published name I might not have been expecting such a successful spread." Bookbag

"A lively collection " Carousel

"A collection to enjoy which gives plenty to think about that will resonate with many children and fathers everywhere ." Book for Keeps 4 stars

"A fantastic book that gathers together just about every type of dad you can think of in a brilliant poetry A-Z." Read It Daddy

"Young readers will find themselves wondering about what it means to be a father after reading what is a rather good debut by a writer well-known on the performance circuit for his poetry as well as his spoken word theatre shows for young people. Nice, simple illustrations are by Steve Wells." Poetry Zone

"Dads come in all shapes and sizes: in this, his debut collection, performance poet, Justin Coe introduces a veritable alphabetic assortment… It’s impossible to mention all the dads that feature in this collection but it’s certainly one I’d want to add to any primary class collection, or to a family bookshelf. Steve Wells’ visual pen-and-ink embellishments are numerous – at least one per spread – and add to the individual reader’s enjoyment." Red Reading Hub

"Full of laughs and thought provoking, The Dictionary of Dads is best read out loud, and will be loved by children and parents alike." KIds' Book Review



Caveman Dad illustrated by Steve Wells

Caveman Dad illustrated by Steve Wells

Sportsman Dad illustrated by Steve Wells

Sportsman Dad illustrated by Steve Wells