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I'm Eddie, and I was just saying
to my friends here that
I love dressing up. Don't you?
Cos Mr Robot loves dressing
up as a dinosaur,
and Dinosaur loves dressing
up as a robot,
whereas I am trying to decide
between a bird and a firefighter.
the dad in tonight's bedtime story -
he loves all sorts of dressing up.
It's called The Dressing-up Dad.
It's written by Maudie Smith
and the pictures are by Paul Howard.
Danny loved dressing up.
So did Danny's dad.
Now, Danny and his dad dressed
up at home and when they went out.
They dressed up anywhere,
at any time, whatever the weather.
And there was nothing they enjoyed
more than a dressing-up party.
For his birthday,
Danny had a dinosaur party.
The next year, he had a robot party.
And the year after that,
it was pirates.
Dad was the most piratey
pirate of them all!
There was no-one quite like Danny's
dad but, sometimes, Danny wondered.
He wondered what it would be like
to have an ordinary,
everyday dad, like other people had.
"Your birthday's coming up!"
said Danny's dad.
"I'm really looking forward to the
bugs party! What shall I come as?
"A ladybird? A dragonfly?
Or a great, big, hairy spider?"
Danny ran upstairs.
"I don't want you to come to
my party as a bug!" he said.
"Not even as a beetle?" said Dad.
"Not even as an ant!
"Can't you come as a dad instead?
An ordinary, everyday one? Please?"
"Oh," said Dad.
"I could try being an ordinary,
"although I'm not sure
I have the right outfit."
But at the very
back of the wardrobe,
Danny found the perfect thing.
Danny's dad looked great dressed
up as an ordinary, everyday dad.
He turned out to be really
good at being an ordinary,
everyday dad, too.
He took care of the guests,
he organised the party games,
and he made sure everyone got
a slice of birthday cake.
He did everything an ordinary,
everyday dad ought to do.
But something wasn't right. "We want
to be chased!" said Danny's friends.
"We want a giant caterpillar!"
Dad looked sad. "Sorry," he said.
"I've got party bags to organise."
But Danny shouted, "Wait!
"Put it on, Dad! Go ahead!"
"I'd love to," said Dad.
"But are you sure you want me to?"
"Quite sure!" said Danny.
It was his party,
but he wanted Dad to have fun, too.
So Dad dressed up as
a giant caterpillar,
and it was brilliant!
No-one wanted to go home.
"You love dressing up,
don't you, Dad?" said Danny.
"I do!" said Dad.
"I love dressing up with you!"
"Well, from now on," said Danny,
"we can dress up
together whenever you like!"
Ordinary, everyday dads were fine,
but Danny knew his dressing-up dad
was the best dad in the world.
Danny and his dad had such fun
I hope you enjoyed that story.
It was called The Dressing-up Dad.
Now it is time for you to dress up
in your pyjamas, ready for bed,
and I will see you
soon for another story.