33rd out of 51 books — 15 voters
The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail
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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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
Apr 11, 2012 Alicia Scully rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
May 10, 2012 Marguarite Markley rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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..
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
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
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.
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!
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!
Sep 07, 2012 ReadingWench rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
This is a great edition to our library.