There's just something about a good dad joke that can always make me laugh. The irony in that sentence is the adjective good. Dad jokes are always terrible, but they make me laugh anyway. Well, my dad makes me laugh anyway, and I channel him into all dad jokes everywhere. It's just inevitable.
It's Father's Day, and I'm calling out all the best dads in young adult fiction. Like with the moms, there just aren't enough, because the authors like to run 'em off. But that's okay, there are some good ones out there, and I'm here to list my favorites. Let me know yours!
1. Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter
Where else would I start but with Mr. Weasley? Not only is he a fantastic dad to his seven gingers, but he has enough room in his giant heart to take in one more lost little boy. Harry comes with a lot of baggage, and Arthur (along with the rest of the Weasleys) never once back down from that challenge. They welcome him with open arms, and I just love everything about this family and so much of that had to have come form Mr. Weasley.
2. Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables
This list is sounding eerily similar to my Mother's Day list, isn't it? Well, in the case of Weasleys, I can at least plead power couple. Matthew, on the other hand, is single handedly responsible for Anne's happiness. If it weren't for him, I don't know what would have happened to Anne -- if I could be as dramatic as her, I would wax eloquent about how her world would have abruptly ended instead of began the day she met Matthew Cuthbert on that train station platform instead of the boy he was expecting. He and Marilla are a brother/sister duo raising a dreaming orphan, but it's one of the most beautiful stories.
3. Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore
I really loved Brigan's character in Fire and how much he loved his daughter Hannah. I know that strictly speaking we didn't get to experience his fathering, but I just loved seeing it. He talked about her in such a sweet (and sometimes adorably awkward) way. It was just so precious and it's a new fatherhood role that I don't get to see or experience much in young adult!
4. Charles Ingalls from Laura Ingalls Wilder series
Log cabin building, wagon driving, all around problem solving man that was Pa Ingalls. He was this big, grizzly, burly man in my mind that could solve any problem for his girls. To my (young and limited) imagination, his character was all beard and crinkly eyes (which was a happy thought rather than scar like it sounds now). All around great fix it man and a great role model for what Laura was looking for in a man later in life.