Weekend Dad

Groundwood. May 2020. 36p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781773061085.
K-Gr 2–On Monday morning, the boy’s father moves out of their house. He is just a bus ride away, but now the boy is coming to terms with having two separate homes—one with each parent. His father does his best to adhere to the boy’s routines and explains that even though his life is changing, he is loved. Hrab’s story is simple yet complex. The text and illustrations are straightforward, but this story has deeper meaning. Viva’s illustrations exemplify his style and match the story perfectly. Images start off muted but get a little more vibrant as the story goes on, and as the boy begins to understand his father still loves him. The story reminds children that they are loved, even if their lives are changing. The father’s letter at the end of the book could lead to honest and open discussions between parents and children.
VERDICT Separation and divorce are common, and this book is a great recommendation for any family dealing with them.

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