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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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Daddy's Roommate is a story about a little boy whose parents divorced. The boy's father gets a new "roommate." The father and the roommate do everything together, and the roommate treats the boy just like he was his own son. The boy's mother tells him that his father is gay, and explains that that is just another kind of love. This book could be really helpful for kids going through similar things, because it shows that it is okay for a parent to be gay. This book is suitable for ages 3-5.
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  CourtneyLBanks | Nov 29, 2016 |
I read “Daddy’s Roommate” by Michael Willhoite. This is a realistic fiction picture book. The author uses writing, point-of-view, and characters to portray a theme of love, despite the gender.
The writing in this story is written very simply, so that even a young reader could understand. This story is about gay love, so the young reader can read a story about a topic that is sensitive in order to gain a better understanding of homosexuality and that it is acceptable to love anyone.
The point-of-view is told from a young boy whose dad is gay. He shares his experiences that he shares with his dad and his dad’s lover, and shows that love is acceptable no matter what.
The author’s use of characters helps the reader understand that loving anyone is ok, because each character is very happy. ( )
  NajetAniba | Oct 24, 2016 |
Daddy's Roommate is a very simple children's book that focuses on a young boy's dad and his 'roommate'. The pictures and wording used in this book make the concept of a homosexual relationship very simple for anyone to understand- while almost anyone. When it first came out, Daddy's Roommate received very harsh criticism due to the fact that it featured gay men. In fact, most lgbt+ children's books are challenged even today. But as the saying goes, love is love. One day, people will understand. ( )
  Jacki_H | Sep 29, 2016 |
Published in 1990; the child in the story is excited that "Frank likes me too!" and there is a sweet stepparent relationship rather than a combative one. It's a little odd that he's described as a roommate, but they later explain that, 'Being gay is just one more kind of love." ( )
  CALammert | Apr 6, 2016 |
This book was about a child who is not only dealing with divorce but is also learning new things about his dad. He learns that his father is gay. This book shows that its okay to have gay parents.
  ashleighgoad | Nov 30, 2015 |
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My Mommy and Daddy got a divorce last year.
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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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