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Daddy's Roommate

by Michael Willhoite

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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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Hasn't aged well, since it was from the pre-gay marriage days. "Daddy's Roommate" would today be called "Daddy's partner" or "Daddy's boyfriend" without so much hedging. But valuable for what it was. ( )
1 vote adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
The young boy in this story speaks about his parent’s divorce. He then realizes that his father and his male roommate do everything together. They take part in activities that are familiar to all other kinds of families. His father seems happy and the young boy sees that his father’s roommate is a lot like his own father. He sees that his father is happy and in love, and therefore he is happy. [return][return]This is a great way to introduce non-traditional families. There are more and more children with same sex parents andit is often underrepresented in children's books. This book will help students that belong to this community see themselves in the books.[return][return]Realistic Fiction[return]Reading Level: Primary Readers
  kristi_test_01 | Sep 12, 2019 |
This book is about a kid whos dad got a divorce for his mom and instead married another man. This book Is showing kids that families like theirs exist and they are not alone.
Ages – 3-5
Source – Pierce College library. ( )
  broros | Jun 11, 2019 |
This is a great book for children who have a different kind of family compared to what others have. In the story the child's dad has a partner that he lives with and the kid in the story is fine with it. This story shows kids how some families may look different and even have two dads instead of a mom and a dad.

Ages 4-8
Pierce College Library
  Mercedesrose | Jun 10, 2019 |
This book is great for children who's parent starts dating again and welcome them into their home. Good for children who are confused about the new person in their parents life and their purpose for being there. Age 3-6 Pierce County Library
  Collette24 | Jun 9, 2019 |
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My Mommy and Daddy got a divorce last year.
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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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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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