600 notes later! This dad has been creating beautiful lunch-box notes for his daughter for THREE YEARS

By Litaletu Zidepa
24 September 2016

Coolest dad on the planet?

It all began when London-based Rob Biddulph's youngest daughter started staying at school for lunch.

For his four-year-old daughter, it was a big deal. She was growing up so fast! And Poppy's dad felt compelled to tell her just how much he loved her ? in true illustrator style.

Poppy and I getting the last few bits ready for the mini #PackedLunchPostIt exhibition which will be running at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road from Thursday until Monday. Pop along for a nose.

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Rob is a London-based children's books author and illustrator ? and probably the coolest dad on the planet.

Three years ago, the doting dad drew a beautiful cartoon and sneaked it inside her lunchbox ? and the father-of-two has been creating the beautiful messages ever since.

“That evening she asked what I was going to draw for the following day. 600 Post-its later we’re still going," Rob says.

The illustrator dad told The HuffingtonPost he wanted a way to connect with Poppy (now 7) because "up until that point she had been going to a nursery school just for the mornings, and so staying on for lunch was a BIG deal."

A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

“She was really nervous about it, so our childminder had the idea of me drawing a little picture for her on a Post-it note and hiding it in her lunchbox to cheer her up when she opened it,” he added.

The hardest part for the dad is to come up with fresh ideas to impress little Poppy, as her curious mind keeps him on his toes.

As such, Rob has drawn inspiration from Star Wars, Pixar Films and Poppy’s favourite cartoon characters.

Today Poppy's #PackedLunchPostIt features Bugs in What's Opera Doc? #LOONEYTUNES #withmyspearandmagichelmet

A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

The doting dad says Poppy has been doing a great job of preserving the adorable notes.

Today #PackedLunchPostIt for Poppy. It's the indefatigable Wile E. Coyote. #LOONEYTUNES A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

“She still loves getting them and actually manages to take pretty good care of the notes themselves every day,” he said. “They nearly all make it home in one piece.”

A year ago, he started documenting his daily Poppy notes on Instagram under the hashtag #PackedLunchPostIt.

He's even framed 150 of the notes for an exhibition in London.

Dismantling the #PackedLunchPostIt exhibition at @waterstonestcr. Thanks so much for having us!

A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

Today's #PackedLunchPostIt for Poppy features the generic #LOONEYTUNES monster. I think his name is Gossamer. A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

His little artworks are so popular, Rob has even inspired some copycats.

“A few people have started doing a similar thing for their kids as a result of seeing them which I think is very sweet,” he said.

One of my faves today - Yosemite Sam. #PackedLunchPostIt #LOONEYTUNES A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

But Rob did mention that his wife was none too impressed with the fact he was getting all the attention for Poppy's lovingly-made lunches.

"I get all the credit for the drawings when she’s the one that actually makes the sandwiches!"

Poppy's #PackedLunchPostIt today features another #LOONEYTUNES star, Elmer Fudd. #duckseason #wabbitseason A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

Here's Poppy revealing the new theme for her #PackedLunchPostIt notes. Starting tomorrow! #LooneyTunes

A photo posted by Rob Biddulph (@rbiddulph) on

Naturally, Rob thought Poppy would probably outgrow the notes as she gets older ? but she's adamant she'll never tire of the Poppy Post-its.

“I’ll probably still be doing them for her when she’s 18!” he joked.

Sources: HuffingtonPost.com, BoredPanda.com, Demilked.com, Instagram, Metro.co.uk,

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