Be in the good books this year on Father’s Day Sunday 7 September (pun intended) and win your Dad a $130 book pack from Bookworld, Australia’s biggest (online) bookstore.

The pack contains the following books which will satisfy the bookworm who likes music, thrillers, non-fiction and cooking!


The Best Years of Our Lives by Richard Clapton


The City by Dean Koontz


The Crossroad: A Story of Life, Death and the SAS by Mark Donaldson


Hungry for That: Recipes from the Beatbox Kitchen by Raph Rashid

If you’re still stuck for present ideas also check out Bookworld’s Top 20 picks for Father’s Day.

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below and the winners will be randomly selected on Friday 5 September. Unfortunately it means the prize won’t be delivered by Bookworld in time for Father’s Day but you should receive it the week after – maybe slip your winning entry into a nice card. Good luck!

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Books about Dads for Father's Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday 7 September and we reckon a book that you can share at storytime with Dad makes one of the best presents.

Here are some of our favourite books about Dads that are perfect for Father’s Day.

some dad

Some Dads by Nick Bland

Some dads are very careful and some dads misbehave. Each dad has his own way of being a dad and they are all delightful! The first first ‘Dad’ book that we got.


My Dad Thinks He’s Funny and My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein and Tom Jellett

Lady AB actually quotes Dad Jokes from these books! The books is are cleverly illustrated and contains lots of really bad puns that kids will love.

Time Together

Time Together Me and Dad by Catherine Maria

Snapshots of a father and child enjoying every day moments together. From reading a book to playing outside, these small moments are the ones that create big memories.


Dads: A Field Guide by Cathie Glassby and Justin Ractliffe

What kind of Dad do you have? Find out with this handy field guide, a celebration of the many and varied types of Dad. Learn how to identify each species by his distinctive dress, dedicated hobbies and surrounding habitat.


Spot Loves His Dad  by Eric Hill

You can’t go wrong with a Spot book – a classic story that babies love especially.


And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 

A beautiful true story about a penguin family with two Dads. READ THE REVIEW. 

Why not visit one of Melbourne’s speciality children’s book stores to buy your present together?



gusto at barkly

Gusto at Barkly is an Italian pizzeria and wine bar in the shopping strip of West Footscray.

Recently it has changed management, with a new menu and new electric pizza oven. They also now only open evenings starting at 5pm, perfect for a family-friendly dinner.

We rocked up on the dot at 5pm and promptly ordered a selection of pizzas to share plus a serve of homemade meatballs with sugo ($14) and eggplant chips ($12) – because we’ve discovered deep frying eggplant convinces Baby 2.0 to eat it!

gusto at barkly

Pizzas are the name of the game at Gusto at Barkly, though there are a few pastas and salad sides on the menu. The pizzas are split into ‘rosse’ tomato based and ‘bianchi’ olive oil base, with fifteen choices in total.

gusto at barkly

The kids menu is pretty standard – lasagna, pizza margherita or ham and cheese, and chicken strips and chips ($10). We ordered a margherita for the kids to share and Lady AB loved it because it came out with bunny ears! A really cute touch. Baby 2.0 enjoyed gnawing on the crust but basically stuck to his eggplant chips.

gusto at barkly

Of the pizzas my favourite was the San Sebastiano – tomato fresco as opposed to pomodoro sauce, mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, prosciutto, grana padano and rocket ($20). The toppings were generous without being overladen and the crust was pretty good – thin, a little bready rather than stretchy. A bit more crispness and char on the base would have been great.

One of our favourite things to do when ordering wood fired pizzas is to watch them being made. In this case a few of the pizza bases had been pre-opened which seemed to me to be an unnecessary shortcut – takes only about 20 seconds to open and sauce a pizza. Pre-opened and pre-sauced bases can affect the quality of the cooking, making for a soggier crust.

As for the other items, the meatballs were in a sugo which was much too sweet for my taste and the eggplant chips were tasty but a little soggy. My advice is to stick to the pizzas.

gusto at barkly

For dessert we shared a tiramisu ($10), a wide glass of savoiardi biscuits soaked with espresso, mascarpone and cocoa with the untraditional addition of bacardi. It was pretty good without being amazing so I wouldn’t necessarily order it again.

Gusto at Barkly is a good casual local pizzeria for an easy family-friendly dinner. It’s less glamorous than Mozzarella Bar in Seddon but the pizzas are slightly better. They deliver but I don’t think the pizzas could necessarily withstand steaming inside a takeaway cardboard box so I recommend eating-in – there’s high chairs and pizza-making entertainment!

  •  pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • kids menu; and
  • standard menu suitable for kids.

Gusto at Barkly, 587 Barkly St, West Footscray (03) 9396 1755

    Tues to Sun from 5pm

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maribyrnong park

Father’s Day is this Sunday 7 September – here are a list of special events and offers that are happening around Melbourne that day.


Father’s Day Breakfast at Melbourne Aquarium- Kick-start Father’s Day with a dad-sized sit-down breakfast including delicious seasonal gourmet delights and Belgian waffles for the kids. Art and craft activities for the little ones. READ THE REVIEW.

Father’s Day on the Melbourne Star – Buy one full priced single admission adult or child ticket, or purchase a family ticket combination and Dad receives his flight for free. READ THE REVIEW.

Father’s Day at Southgate – special offers at The Deck, La Camera, Waterfront, Hophaus, BearBrass, Bluetrain, Miyako, Red Emperor, PJ O’Briens, Tutto Bene and Artusi.

Father’s Day at The Langham – The popular Melba buffet, which already offers dad’s favourites including succulent roasts and seafood platters, will be adding an irresistible selection of dishes that are sure to be popular with fathers.

Father’s Day at Campari House – Full a la carte menu available for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Laneway Dining Room. Complimentary schooner of James Boag’s for Dad. Kids menu and colouring packs.

Father’s Day dining at Crown- special offers at Koko, Silks, No. 8 by John Lawson, Conservatory, Mesh and Kitchen Workshop.

Father’s Day at New Shanghai – All dads that dine with their family at one of our restaurants on Sunday September 7 will receive one complimentary glass of drink from our beverage menu

Father’s Day at The Duke – offering all dads any main meal and beer for $25


Father’s Day at The Provincial Fitzroy – a free pint of Boags for your dad with any main meal purchase and kids eat free.

Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm - enjoy Pony Rides , Tractor rides , Guinea Pig cuddles and an affordable BBQ with dad on Father’s Day. READ THE REVIEW.


Father’s Day Rock Climb at Heide Museum of Modern Art- Take on our rock climbing challenge under the guidance of outdoor specialist Anaconda. Build a tower or your own complex structure using PLANKS with Green Hat Workshop. Make a collage or play Heide Detective and discover the clues in the exhibition ‘Gunter Christmann: Now and Then’. Every completed trail wins a lucky dip prize! Treat dad to FREE museum admission. READ THE REVIEW.

Father’s Day BBQ Brunch at Riversdale Park - Free kids activities and fun for the whole family to celebrate fatherhood and family diversity.

Father’s Day Breakfast and Lunch Buffet at SkyHigh - Treat your Dad on that one special day with a divine breakfast or lunch overlooking Melbourne City, Port Philip Bay, the Yarra Valley and beyond.

Father’s Day at The Hawthorn Hotel – Book a table for lunch or dinner and get a free Boag’s for Dad.


Father’s Day at Luna Park – Free sausage sizzle and free rides for dad when accompanied by one full paying child.

The Mornington Railway Father’s Day Special  - Dad will enjoy lots of special treats throughout the day. Each dad will receive a free sausage from the BBQ.

Father’s Day at Veludo St Kilda – Book a table for lunch or dinner and get a free Boag’s for Dad.

Father’s Day at Imperial South Yarra – enjoy $6 schooners of Boags all day plus a $15 220g Rump steak special with your choice of sides.

Father’s Day at Limerick Arms Hotel –  free parma or beef burger for dad when ordered with at least three other paid meals on one table.

The Exchange Port Melbourne – All Dad receive a complimentary pint of craft beer along with $19 Sunday Roasts available all day.


Cocktails and Canvas Father’s Day Event – Kids can bring their Father, Uncle or Grandpa for FREE! Dessert and a beverage are included. Each painter will take home their masterpiece at the end of the event.


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