Be Glad Your Dad...(Is Not an Octopus!)


By Matthew Logelin

By Sara Jensen

Illustrated by Jared Chapman

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$20.49 CAD

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This hilarious and subversive tribute to dads by a New York Times bestselling author is perfect for Father's Day!

Be glad your dad is not a dog, because he would lick your face to say hello!

Most of the time, you're glad your dad is your dad, until he gets grouchy, bossy, or just totally gross. Then you wish you could swap him for something else. But be careful what you wish for, because it could be way worse….

In this silly what-if story, kids will roar with laughter at the misadventures of a monkey dad, an alligator dad, a whale dad, and even a unicorn dad! But nothing can replace the dads who love them more than anything in the whole wide world.

Be sure to check out the fun facts about the animals in the story in the back of the book!


  • Praise for Be Glad Your Dad... (Is Not an Octopus!):
    "A hilarious children's book."
    US Weekly
  • "For those who have reached the stage where their kids are embarrassed by their dad and his jokes, this picture book is a treat."
  • "Playful.... Vivid colors, appealing creatures, and engaging text with a warmhearted outcome make this dad-centered story a delight."
  • "Vivid digital cartoons.... Irreverent closing notes offer extra details about the 16 animals. Light, jokey fun--dung beetles are always good for a laugh, right?"
    Publishers Weekly
  • "This playful celebration of dads is perfect for storytime or one-on-one reading."
    School Library Journal

On Sale
May 3, 2016
Page Count
40 pages

Matthew Logelin

About the Author

Matthew Logelin is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Two Kisses for Maddyas well as the award-winning blog Matt, Liz, and Madeline. Be Glad Your Dad… (Is Not an Octopus!) is his debut picture book, and he lives in Los Angeles, California.

Sara Jensen is a creative director and a designer. She is an advocate for type 1 diabetes research and foster adoption, and Be Glad Your Dad (Is Not an Octopus!) is her debut picture book. She lives in Washington on a small island in the middle of a big ocean.

Jared Chapman is the author and illustrator of Pirate, Viking & Scientist and Steve, Raised by Wolves. He has worked for Walt Disney Television Animation, Nick Jr., Hallmark, and The Hollywood Reporter, among others, and he lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

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