A little boy spends the weekend at his dad’s new apartment in this picture book about how things change when parents separate — and the important things that stay the same.
“This home is home because my dad is here, and it’s nothing like home because my mom isn’t here,” thinks the boy in this story when he enters his dad’s new apartment for the first time.
His dad moved out on Monday and now it’s Friday night, the start of his weekend with his dad.
Naseem Hrab has written a poignant yet hopeful story, strikingly illustrated in Frank Viva’s signature style, about what happens when parents separate, and the new reality of having two homes.
Naseem Hrab, author
Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend and Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children’s publishing. She lives in Toronto.
Frank Viva, illustrator
Frank Viva is an award-winning illustrator and designer living and working in Toronto. His first picture book, Along a Long Road, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. His other books for children include Sea Change, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, Outstanding in the Rain and Young Frank, Architect. His art has appeared in the New York Times and on the cover of the New Yorker. He is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.
- [B]rutally honest, beautifully touching, and completely devoid of cliché. - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
- A child's narration captures the confusion and sorrow that children of separated and divorced parents can feel. [...] The story captures little moments that have big meaning… With characteristically stylized, offbeat visuals, Viva’s illustrations capture the abundant emotional subtext with simple but effective lines. Unsparingly compassionate; an excellent addition to the collection of books about separation and divorce. - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
- Simply yet powerfully establish[es] the family’s new routine, while Viva’s line drawings … gently twine the child’s newly separate experiences of family. - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Rights Holder: Groundwood Books
rights available: World
age range: 4-7
number of pages: 36
publication date: 08/01/2020
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book