Mum and Dad Glue

by Kes Gray

An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents divorce by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish.

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An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents divorce by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish.

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This rhyming story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.

Author: Kes Gray

ISBN: 9780340957110

For ages 4 and over

Also by this Author: Leave Me Alone

Biographical Notes

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children`s authors only a year after publishing his first book. Lee Wildish has worked on many board and novelty books, but this is his first picture book. He is a real talent heading for great success.

Our book review:

Award winning Author, Kes Gray has used his talent to create beautifully worded rhyming text throughout this book. He describes the things children think of when their parents are separating or divorcing, like blaming themselves or thinking they can do something to fix it.

And so it is with this book, the little boy tries to fix the situation by visiting the shop for some glue to put his parents back together. His friends had tried to reassure him, but he is in denial and he doesn't want his parents to break up.

He meets the shop owner, who sells lots of types of glue, who explains to him that families can live apart and that he can be strong and come to terms with things. She says that it's no one's fault, and acknowledges that it does seem strange. She reminds him that the love his parents have for him is not broken.

The book also acknowledges that the boy is hurting and that it all feels unfair.

Separation and divorce can be difficult times for everybody involved but this book can give children some reassurance that their feelings of confusion and hurt, and wanting to fix things are normal feelings. It shows that the love from parents remains the same.

There are lots of bright colourful illustrations by Lee Wildish, which show jagged breaks in some pictures and in some objects like the car and a tree, as if to show that the little boy's world has broken up.

We think this picture book is a good read as it details the specific things that children worry about when their parents separate, and the reassurance given by the lady in the shop. It will hopefully make children understand what is happening and feel better. It is endorsed by Bookaboo (a dog character which has celebrities read stories to him) which many young children like to watch on TV. For ages 4 and over.

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Weight 0.51 kg

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