'Her dad must have gone back in time and done something to the robot dog to make it do silly things instead of what it was supposed to do. He must have done it on purpose, to make the scientists and the man with the moustache look stupid! What a clever man her dad was.'

Tilly's dad, Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson

‘“He called me Dad”, he whispered croakily into the darkness. “He called me Dad.” And, although he felt overwhelmed with happiness the tears ran silently down his face.’

Mister Tom, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

‘“My dear young fellow,” the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, “there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.”’

Old-Green-Grasshopper, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

‘“My father?” I asked, completely bewildered. “Poseidon,” said Chiron. “Earthshaker, Stormbringer, Father of Horses. Hail, Perseus Jackson, Son of the Sea God.”’

Poseidon, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

‘What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.’

Danny's Dad, Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

‘I'm sure Dad would dismantle my game system if he could figure out how to do it. But luckily, the people who make these things make them parent-proof.’

Greg's Dad, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

‘“What I mean and what I say is two different things,” the BFG announced rather grandly.’

The BFG, The BFG by Roald Dahl

‘In the bitterness of his remorse, he swore that he would never leave the kennel until his children came back. Of course, this was a pity; but whatever Mr Darling did he had to do in excess; otherwise he soon gave up doing it.’

Mr Darling, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

‘I said, I know Carl Sagan's a scaredy-cat right now, but if I train him to be a guard dog, then can he be my legal guardian? Everyone laughed and Juanita said, Unfortunately not, and I told her I know, I was just making a joke.’

Carl Sagan (Alex's dog), See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

‘In case you haven’t noticed, Dad isn’t much of a scientist. He can’t even mix hot water and tea bags to make tea.’

Sammy's Dad, House of Robots: Robot Revolution by James Patterson

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