MY PARENTS ARE DIVORCED, MY ELBOWS HAVE NICKNAMES, AND OTHER FACTS ABOUT ME written by Bill Cochran and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman (HarperCollins, 2009)

August 26, 2009 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

divorcedA positive but realistic view on a child coping with divorce is underlined in this picture book.  Cartoon-like illustrations show a normal boy with a messy room, who likes to walk around with a bubble Mohawk on his head, and who gets embarrassed when his mom yells “Go get ‘em sweetie” at a soccer game.  The text demonstrates a boy who is coping with joint custody, fear, and adjustment to his father’s new marriage.  The author and illustrator did an excellent job of showing how a young boy endures and thrives despite going through what can seem like the end of the world to a child.

Picture book, recommended.  Rebecca Eller (Larchmont Public Library)

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