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Stop the Dad Jokes! Author Adrian Beck shares his story

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Adrian Beck in Year 1 at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Bellerive, Tasmania, where he discovered his love of reading.
Adrian Beck in Year 1 at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Bellerive, Tasmania, where he discovered his love of reading.

Dad-of-two Adrian Beck admits he has pretty high expectations when it comes to a Father’s Day gift this year – a resounding win by his footy team St Kilda!

But the best-selling Australian author also said he’ll be almost as happy with something a little more achievable, spending the day hiring a boat with his wife and two daughters relaxing on the river.

As for most dads, this Father’s Day looks a lot brighter following the last few years spent in lockdown and he plans to take full advantage of being able to spend the day outdoors.

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“Traditionally we go out for breakfast for Father’s Day and then we plan to spend some time on the water,” he said.

“The perfect Father’s Day for me would be to have The Mighty Saints win but as I know that could be a little difficult for my daughters to arrange, so a day in a boat would also be pretty good.”

The dad-of-two admits he’s more than a little guilty of telling some pretty terrible dad jokes and decided to investigate why he did it when even he didn’t think they were funny.

“As a dad seeing your kids smile really is the best feeling in the world and I guess they [Jokes] are a way of achieving that.”

And after months of research could only ascertain that they were quite simply a way to “put a smile of kid’s faces and show them you care”.

The author of popular series including Derek Dool, Champion Charlies and the Alien Zoo, who bases his characters on his own experiences at Catholic schools in Tasmania, reckons he’s actually come up with a book about dad jokes that will have the whole family laughing.

Called Stop the Dad Jokes, he said it’s full of “embarrassing, goofy and not funny jokes” that will leave readers no choice but to laugh.

But more than that, he said his new book provided dad’s an opportunity to sit down and read with their kid’s while having fun together.

“I never thought I would tell dad jokes, because I would hear my own dad telling them when I was a kid and remember they just weren’t funny,” he said.

“And then when I became a dad myself I realised I did it too and didn’t know why.

Self-confessed Dad joke teller Adrian Beck with his long-suffering daughters Clara (left) and Olivia.
Self-confessed Dad joke teller Adrian Beck with his long-suffering daughters Clara (left) and Olivia.

“So when I sat down to write a book about being a dad I thought okay dad jokes, I need to investigate why we do it and all I came up with is that we just want to put a little smile on our kid’s faces and give them a little joy, it’s as simple as that.

“Even if it’s a groan and not a laugh out loud moment we just want to show them we care.

“It’s the sort of humour you’d never use with friends but when it’s your kids you can say them and be a dag and come down to their level a little and connect with them.

“As a dad seeing your kids smile really is the best feeling in the world and I guess they are a way of achieving that.”

An advocate for raising childhood literacy levels across the country, he is a fierce supporter of teacher-librarians who encouraged his own love of reading.

“When I was a student at Corpus Christi Primary in Bellerive, I went through ups and downs with my reading, but eventually discovered my inner bookworm thanks to our school librarian,” he said.

“She got me into reading Paul Jennings short stories and I became obsessed with reading, I can only thank her for finding the right book for me at the right time otherwise I don’t know where I would be today.

“If you are struggling to come up with the perfect dad’s joke this Father’s Day, I have some suggestions which I can’t guarantee will get a laugh but will certainly get a reaction.

“Here goes, I had to give up gardening because I almost wet my plants.

“WHEN I WAS A STUDENT AT cORPUS cHRISTI PRIMARY IN BELLERIVE, I WENT THROUGH UPS AND DOWNS WITH MY READING, BUT EVENTUALLY DISCOVERED MY INNER BOOKWORM THANKS TO OUR SCHOOL LIBRARIAN”

“Or this one, I never used to like facial hair but then it grew on me.

“And my all-time favourite ‘Why don’t koala bears get called koalas any more – because they don’t have the koala-fications’.

“At the end of the day, I just hope my book inspires dad’s to sit down and read with their kid’s, it is such a great way to connect with them and create memories they will keep forever.”

TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY WE ARE GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN A 10 PACK OF “DAD TITLES”, JUST SEND YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS TO [email protected] GOOD LUCK!

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