About how this all began (and why Lily Burgess is the author on the cover of the books)
By Matthew Burgess
Being a full time lawyer I needed a creative outlet, and in 2010, began writing business books for other professional service providers.
However there was still something missing. My wife said she married me because I made her laugh with the crazy stories I told her when we first met and that I should write a book.
Many years later we began to raise 1, then 2, then 3 and finally 4, precious girls and I started to share stories of my childhood with them.
It soon became one of our family's favourite pastimes listening to these stories about my childhood. Often embellished and seldom kept on track the girls would be absorbed. What was fact became blurred in the magic of the stories told.
A strong undertone in the stories are various life lessons, while also ensuring a healthy dose of humour and role playing.
When my third daughter, Lily, was about four years old, she said ”Daddy, please tell me another story from your mouth".
From that day on, the stories became known as "Words from Daddy’s mouth". Over time, the stories became known amongst my daughters as Lily’s stories. It was therefore a natural progression that Lily Burgess would became the pseudonym for the authoring of my children books to help distinguish them from my other publications.
With so many stories, we had to create a list to remember them all (at last count the list was nearing 500). So over time a game developed where the girls would choose a number from the list. Whatever story related to the number chosen would be the story that I would tell.
Stories were usually told as the last part of the wind down of an evening, sitting together in a bedroom or on a lounge chair.
I hope you enjoy sharing the stories with your children.
Dad has ever only owned one car in his life, and it was never the same after 'Crashing into a Police Car' – the latest instalment from the 'Words from Daddy's Mouth' series.
The story provides a modern take on 'More haste, less speed'.
Golf was just another sport that Dad was really good at; or was he? Find out in the latest 'Words from Daddy's Mouth' release - 'The Most Amazing Golf Shot Ever’.
The story provides a modern take on 'Practice makes perfect'.
What happens when Dad swaps his yellow BMX bike for his friend’s red racer? Find out in the latest “Words from Daddy’s Mouth”—The Terrible Red Racer.
The story also provides a modern take on “Murphy’s Law.” That is, what can go wrong, will go wrong.
当爸爸用他的黄色山地越野自行车换骑朋友的红色赛车 后，会发生什么事？答案就在最新出版的系列丛书“爹的 口述故事之一《可怕的红赛车》一书中。
这个故事还提供了现代版的“墨菲定律”例证。亦即：任 何可能出错之事，必将出（相当‘怕处有鬼’或‘绳从 细处断’之意）。
For Dad, there was something even worse than The Terrible Red Racer, and this was The Brandings Game—the latest book in the Words From Daddy’s Mouth series. The story also provides a modern take on the proverb ‘Look Before You Leap’.
What happens when Dad swaps his yellow BMX bike for his friend’s red racer? Find out in the latest “Words from Daddy’s Mouth”— The Terrible Red Racer. The story also provides a modern take on “Murphy’s Law.” That is, what can go wrong, will go wrong.
The Big Rusty Nail is an entertaining journey of a day in the life of a primary school sports room monitor, shared between a dad and his young children.
The story also provides a modern take on the proverb 'A Stitch in Time Saves Nine'. That is, stopping something before it happens is often better than having to fix things up after the event.