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Weekend Dad

By: Naseem Hrab

Illustrator: Frank Viva

“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.

The boy and his dad follow their normal weekend routine: they eat eggs for breakfast, play cards, and spend time at the park. And then they do the same things on Sunday. It is hard to say goodbye at the end of the weekend, but Dad gives his son a letter to remind him that, even if they can’t always be together, the boy is loved.

Author's note. Full-color illustrations were hand inked and digitally colored.

ISBN: 9781773061085

JLG Release: Sep 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family life , Home life , Marriage and divorce , Parents and children , Fathers and sons , Weekends , Change

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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 te 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. Separation and divorce are common, and this book is a great recommendation for any family dealing with them.

Book Details

ISBN

9781773061085

First Release

September 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

6 3/4" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

36

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Groundwood

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family life, Home life, Marriage and divorce, Parents and children, Fathers and sons, Weekends, Change,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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