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Daddy's Roommate (edition 1990)

by Michael Willhoite

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Title:Daddy's Roommate
Authors:Michael Willhoite
Info:Alyson Books (1990), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
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His dad lives with a man and he talks about all the things the three of them do together.
  cadyVdean | Dec 8, 2014 |
The book deals with divorce and homosexuality. The father moves out after the divorce and the child learns that another man has moved in with him. He finds out that daddy's "roommate" is someone that his father loves very much.

Ages: 5 to 6 years
Source: Pierce College Library
  tedwrds | Dec 7, 2014 |
A young boy's parents divorced and his father has a new roommate.
Ages: 5+
Source: Pierce College Library
  ACKrauss | Nov 25, 2014 |
Summary: The main character's parents got a divorce and his dad got a roommate. His dad and new roommate did everything together. The little boy spent the weekends with his dad and his roommate Frank. He found out that his dad and Frank were gay, but that they both loved him very much.

Evaluation/Argument: This book did a good job of approaching the topic of gay marriage and divorce in the general sense. I don't think that the pictures added much to the text overall though. I think that if the illustrations were updated they would be able to add more to the text as a whole. The simple sentences will allow readers to easily follow along and understand the text though. This book could be more effective if from the start he told readers that his dad was gay and explained what that looked like in their family. It just sounds weird personally when saying that there was someone new in his dad's house. The author wrote that there was someone new in his dad's house at the beginning of the story. I liked the approach to this topic, but the organization could be done differently. For students who have never been introduced to this topic this book would be a good way to bring up the topic.
The central message of this book is that gay couples are still loving and should be accepted by all, especially any children involved. The children involved should always feel loved. As long as everyone in the relationship is happy that is all that matters. ( )
  mwade4 | Sep 30, 2014 |
At first glance I didn't know what this book could be about. After reading the first couple pages it became clear to me that this book was one meant for children who perhaps had fathers who turned out to be or just so happened to be gay. It was unclear at first, just telling the reader about what Daddy and his roommate do together and how it is completely normal. It wasn't until near the middle of the book that it just came our (pun intended) and said that his daddy was gay. I particularly liked this book because it is one that has probably helped many a child since it's creation understand what their family is going through. Children are always very aware of their family situation despite our attempts to hide it. While children are aware of what may be happening in their family, often times they do not understand what is happening or what that means for them. This book can be used to help explain what I'm sure is incredibly confusing and stressful for a child to go through. The illustrations in the book are very helpful if a little bland. They are good illustrations but nothing on par with "The Invisible Boy". What makes this book special is how it is both a story and a helpful tool for understanding. Not many books can boast about being such a thing. ( )
  MattM50 | Sep 29, 2014 |
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This picture book is an auspicious beginning to the Alyson Wonderland imprint, "which focuses on books for and about the children of lesbian and gay parents." That the venture is being undertaken is in itself commendable: consciousness-raising concerning gay issues can handily begin at an early age with the help of books such as Willhoite's. His text is suitably straightforward, and the format--single lines of copy beneath full-page illustrations--easily accessible to the intended audience. The story's narrator begins with his parents' divorce, and continues, "Now there's somebody new at Daddy's house." The new arrival is male; Frank and Daddy are seen pursuing their daily routine (eating, shaving, sleeping--even fighting), and on weekends the three interact easily on their various outings. "Mommy says Frank and Daddy are gay"--this new concept is explained to the child as "just one more kind of love." Willhoite's cartoony pictures work well here; the colorful characters with their contemporary wardrobes and familiar surroundings lend the tale a stabilizing air of warmth and familiarity.
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A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living.

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