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The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  99 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
When someone you love goes to jail, you might feel lost, scared, and even mad. What do you do? No matter who your loved one is, this story can help you through the tough times.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Picture Window Books
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Oct 31, 2012 Treasure rated it it was amazing
A gentle but honest book covering a topic important to far too many young readers, this picture book helps children understand and cope with a loved one going to jail. The cover shows a very sad bunny (Sketch) drawing a picture of his dad being arrested, and we learn in the story that his school counselor encourages him to draw pictures of his feelings. The book is sensitive yet truthful in covering arrest, jail, prison, family visits, and how to handle school. Boxes on the pages include further ...more
Alicia Scully
This book was interesting and a little odd. I grabbed it because the title stood out on the shelf and because it seemed like it could definitely be good for a certain audience. Sketch witnesses his father taken away by the police and then put in jail for breaking a crime. Sketch must then learn how to deal with the consequences such as kids being mean at school, his father being away for a long time, and mostly his own feelings of anger. The book has small bits of factual information or advice f ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Sep 24, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I just purchased this for my library because there is very little on the subject of a parent going to jail, especially for young children.

The book features a young rabbit named Sketch who is with his dad when the police come to arrest him. He is scared and confused and embarrassed when children at school tease him the next day. The story covers going to jail for visitation and how home life changes in the absence of a parent.

There are also various facts and tips in out-of-the-way boxes along th
Marguarite Markley
Books on this topic are hard to come by and often not that great. I was surprised by the ease with which this picture book explores the topic of having a parent who is incarcerated. The only problem I have with the book is that the title says "jail" but the dad goes to prison...for 6 years. In recommending this to parents with young children, I would definitely stress this issue. Especially in communities where short term jail stays are more frequent than long incarcerations. The parent/teacher/ ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Faithann rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I saw a picture of this book on Pinterest, and thought it was a joke. When I did a search at my local library, they had a copy, so I just had to check it out and read it. I guess if you are in a situation where one parent or another goes to jail, this might be a good book to help a young child understand what is going on a little better. However, overall, I did not really care much for the book. Books, especially children books, are an escape from reality. The only way I would ever read this boo ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Jun 30, 2015 Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney rated it really liked it
The Night Dad Went to Jail is a gentle story that explains a difficult situation. In the story the little boy's father did something wrong and the police came and took him away. The boy much like any child who is going through this situation is having trouble dealing with it. The book carefully and gently goes through the different things that happen and what to expect when someone you love goes to jail. Melissa Higgins has created a story which should be in every public children's collection an ...more
Amanda Catalina
Mar 17, 2015 Amanda Catalina rated it really liked it
Today children face many issues that might not seem appropriate or fair for them to have to deal with but they still happen. One of those is when a child's parent goes to jail. When this happens it can be very confusing and hard to deal with. I believe that this book helps portray a story that is sad in an understandable way to children. Since it is written from the point of view from a child, children would be able to easily relate to the character if they are dealing with the same situation. T ...more
Janet Wilkinson
Feb 22, 2014 Janet Wilkinson rated it did not like it
I found the approach this book took sexist. Why does it focus on the father figure going to prison ? Why not base it on the mother going to prison ? Another ridiculous piece of feminist garbage trying to spread negativity about men in children's books..
Rebecca Saxon
A clear and gentle story designed to help a kid whose parent is incarcerated. There's great tips on the pages designed for parents. Great for a library to have in it's collection.
Jan 21, 2012 Liliane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed reading this book and believe that children who have a parent in jail must read it. The story is told by a boy "Sketch," whom sees how his father is arrested one night. This book does an excellent job in addressing how children who have a parent in jail can open up about their feelings and the things they can do to represent how they are feeling. This book does a good job in explaining key words (such as law)and stating statistics about men/women who are in prison. This book can ...more
Although many children have had parents in prison, there aren't very many books for children that tackle this topic. This one does so in a gentle honest way, showing an animal family's shock at the arrest of the father, and then describing the emotional consequences for all the family members. Even though the father in the book made a mistake, which is never explained, the children still love their father. I liked how the book described the mixed feelings of love and anger one child felt and how ...more
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Dec 05, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Books like this can either be really iffy, but this one was great. It does an excellent job of showing what it's like from a child's point of view when a parent goes to jail. The book goes step by step through what happened from the police coming to pick up the father to going to visit him in prison. Feelings, confusion, and counseling are also explored. If you know a child who is dealing with this problem, this book could definitely help.
Mark Zaino
Dec 28, 2011 Mark Zaino rated it it was amazing
This is truly an excellent book. Taking from a child's point of view of what happens when a parent is taken away to jail. The illustrations and text layout is great and clear. The typical approach of animals as people is really fun and approachable. The actually reading of the book is good for a preliminary school grade grade child. My favorite part is the last page, additional books and a website to check out. The best part!
Scott Roark
Nov 08, 2011 Scott Roark rated it liked it
Wow, is the first thing when I read this title. The book does a great job of addressing a parent going to jail. Scared, confused, anger and the emotions that run through a child when this happens. Obviuosly, this is a person to text and has a great idea of having a support group within the school so that students can relate similar feelings to other students in the same scenario. Like I said, wow!
Carmen Blalock
Jun 20, 2012 Carmen Blalock rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for help young children adjust and understand what is going on in the process of seeing their father become incarcerated. It is unfortunately today's reality for some and it definitely helps parents with a very difficult situation.
Every situation a child can possibly be in, there should be an appropriate book for that child to read about it. A book to make them feel like they aren't alone is a great comfort to a child.

This is a great edition to our library.

AR 2.8
Sharia A.
Feb 22, 2013 Sharia A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, family
Glad to see books that touch all types of students. This book can guide a teacher if the student feels that they are lost and hurt. This book can help peers become sensative to each other's needs.
This is a great book for children who have to deal with parents going to jail. It explains things to them in a child friendly language
Sep 18, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb
This book could be so helpful for a child who needs some context for how to live with a parent or someone in jail.
Aug 23, 2012 John added it
Considering the topic, this title handles the matter in a sensitive, effective storybook approach.
Jun 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp
An important book for a public library to have. Thoughtfully written.
Kim Heimbuch
Nov 06, 2013 Kim Heimbuch rated it really liked it
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