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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This picture book is an auspicious beginning to the Alyson Wonderland imprint, ``which focuses on books for and about the children of lesbian and gay parents.'' That the venture is being undertaken is in itself commendable: consciousness-raising concerning gay issues can handily begin at an early age with the help of books such as Willhoite's. His text is suitably straightforward, and the format--single lines of copy beneath full-page illustrations--easily accessible to the intended audience. The story's narrator begins with his parents' divorce, and continues, ``Now there's somebody new at Daddy's house.'' The new arrival is male; Frank and Daddy are seen pursuing their daily routine (eating, shaving, sleeping--even fighting), and on weekends the three interact easily on their various outings. ``Mommy says Frank and Daddy are gay''--this new concept is explained to the child as ``just one more kind of love.'' Willhoite's cartoony pictures work well here; the colorful characters with their contemporary wardrobes and familiar surroundings lend the tale a stabilizing air of warmth and familiarity. Ages 2-5. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
I like the idea of sharing a large range of family books with young children to show life's diversity. Among those books there ought to be some that picture gay and lesbian families. When it comes to gay and lesbian children's books, Alyson Press is far and away the forerunner. It is the company that introduced controversy with Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate. Both are good introductions for younger children to the subject of families with gay or lesbian parents.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A first title in a new line of books for children with homosexual parents , told in a straightforward manner. A young boy describes his father's relationship with his roommate, Frank (they ``live together, work together, eat together, sleep together . . .''), and his own relationship with these men--shopping, gardening, and enjoying the zoo, beach, movies, etc. He believes that ``being gay is just one more kind of love. And love is the best kind of happiness.'' The tone throughout the book is positive, and the boy has healthy, affectionate bonds with the adults in his life. There is no mention of bitterness or possible criticism from others. The message, that alternative lifestyles are as nurturing as mainstream ones, is intentionally obvious. Bright, framed watercolors in an almost comic-book style portray the relationships with a light touch. This is a book to consider for purchase because of the treatment of the subject rather than for the quality of writing or art. It will be useful for children in similar situations or for helping those from heterosexual families understand differences. A similar picture book, Leslie Newman's Heather Has Two Mommies (In Other Words, 1989) presents a lesbian family. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Bobbie Combs
Both the story and the pictures are warm and positive, showing Nick with the two partners and lovingly depicting the family's relationship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613787130
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    Disgusted at the Controversy

    Mummy Never Told Me by Babette Cole was a book of questions that cheekily examines topics that children are interested in but they can figure out by themselves such as sex for example. ¿Mummy never told me why she and daddy lock me out of their bedroom.¿- With a picture of the naked parents running around their bed with feathers and kinky paraphernalia lying around the room¿¿Or why some men fall in love with men and some women fall in love with women?¿ Amongst the various sex questions, there are silly questions, and fun questions all mixed up- ¿Why do old people sleep with their teeth in a jar next to them¿. Of course no answers are given this is obviously a way to open up and encourage questions and develop answers together, in an ideal world. In reading reviews of this book, there was surprisingly nothing mentioned of the mere possibly that this book could be controversial even with the images of breasts and bold suggestions of sex. It was then that Daddy¿s Roommate by Michael Willhoite came to mind. It received raging criticism for having a picture of two men waking up in the morning rising from the same bed yet these characters were clothed. People were concerned that it suggested sex between the men, others replied that is certainly does not suggest sex, but rather waking up from sleep. In my opinion, looking at the picture I see don¿t see sex, but in Mummy Never Told me, it¿s much more evident yet nobody seems to mind. So what does this mean? People would rather expose their children to bold and obvious sugestions of hetero wild sex acts breasts flailing and all then the subtle loving image of two men in pyjamas getting out of bed!?!?!?!?! Well...you people suck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    Have you read it?

    It seems to me the point of a review section in a site such as this is to comment upon a book you have read. Not to attack a book you have never read. All the book does is show the day to day activities in which a child who has a father who lives with another man can engage. Such activities as playing. Or eating. Or sleeping. It doesn't indoctrinate anyone. It simply places a mirror up to one potential form of a family and allows the reader to reflect upon it. You might actually consider reading it yourself, instead of condemning the work outright without ever having done so. Children have a wonderful capacity, if given the opportunity, to see the good in people and to recognize difference is simply that, difference. Too bad more adults cannot do that. There are children out there that have two mommies or two daddies. Thankfully there are books such as this where they can see their families reflected back at them. Regardless of your point of view on homosexuality, gay people have children, and it does these children good to see their lives in the world around them. And it might not hurt for children of heterosexual families to see such works and understand that there are many different kinds of families out there, and every one of them deserves respect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    Please Delete the first 'review'

    It's terrible that 30+ years after our liberation that hate still exsists. I'm glad there are books we can give our children to help them embrace differences....it's how the real world works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2002

    Influences Acceptance

    I think that this book was a good way to enstill acceptance in children. To the previous blatantly hurtful and homophobic review, homosexuality is not a crime. Children should learn to be accepting and open minded about people who are 'different' from them because in the real world they will encounter such people. Love is love no matter what form it comes in and shouldn't be judged.

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    Posted April 19, 2009

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