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Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
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May 31, 11

bookshelves: 2011, for-school, lgbt, childrens, picture-books, 2011glbtchallenge
Read on May 26, 2011

An unexceptional picture book with an exceptional message. The book, quite simply, shows the protagonist's father and his father's new boyfriend acting like any heterosexual couple; they cuddle, argue, make up, and raise the protagonist together. The protagonist's mother, amicably divorced from his father, explains that the two men are gay and that the fact that they love each other is the most important thing. The book is great for showing children that having a gay parent, or two gay parents, is nothing to be ashamed of--it would work both for children who have gay parent(s) and those who live in a different family situation. On a lesser scale, the book also suggests that having divorced parents and having parents who date or remarry is normal, too, and not the end of the world.

The actual content of the book is nothing special; the illustrations are bright and pleasantly cartoony, and the text is serviceable. The book's message is one that needs to be taught, though--it's worth it just for that.
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