Written by: Donna Masotti
Illustrated by: Karine Makartichan
Published by: Canoe Tree Press
Published on: September 1, 2020
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This review was updated on August 31, 2020 to reflect a different and correct version of the book.
This is the wordless story of a little kid whose father struggles with addiction. The addiction is portrayed as a scary monster who takes over her father, but the love he has for her is evident as well.
Books can be such great supports and learning tools for kids going through scary things. There are books for grief, loneliness, anxiety, and other important themes. Addiction is definitely something kids need support for, and reading a book like this could make them feel less alone.
Using the monster for addiction is excellent and easy to understand. It could even work for mental illness for a parent. But there is a risk to that - that kids don't get extra support after being confronted with something like this that is scary. I would recommend it be read together with someone who can provide trauma-informed support, otherwise it could make a situation more difficult.
4 out of 5 dumplings