Daddy's Wedding

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Six years after writing and illustrating Daddy's Roommate, Michael Willhoite brings another pioneering story. Nick is like any other 10-year-old boy, but when Daddy and Daddy's roommate, Frank, decide to get married, Nick gets to do something extra special: play best man. And while everybody celebrates the big wedding day, the dog Clancy is working on a big surprise for all of them!

Nick tells about the wedding of his daddy to Frank, including the gathering of family...

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Overview

Six years after writing and illustrating Daddy's Roommate, Michael Willhoite brings another pioneering story. Nick is like any other 10-year-old boy, but when Daddy and Daddy's roommate, Frank, decide to get married, Nick gets to do something extra special: play best man. And while everybody celebrates the big wedding day, the dog Clancy is working on a big surprise for all of them!

Nick tells about the wedding of his daddy to Frank, including the gathering of family and friends, the ceremony, the food, and the antics of Clancy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sequel to the headline-making Daddy's Roommate (1990), this picture book seems destined to touch off a similar controversy. This time Daddy is getting married to his partner, Frank, and asks his 10-year-old son to be the best man at their "wedding" (or "commitment ceremony," as Frank calls it). If the reception of Daddy's Roommate is much of a predictor, people's responses to this book will center almost exclusively on its politics, not its artistic merits. Those in the market for picture books about gay parenting will laud Willhoite's candor and forthright approach, and overlook the cartoonish art and mediocre text. For others, the subject matter alone will suffice to condemn the book. If applied to another theme, the meager talents showcased here wouldn't draw much attention, but with same-sex marriage such a hot topic right now, the one thing the book won't be is ignored. Ages 3-7. (June)
Hazel Rochman
"Can men get married to each other?" Nick asks his dad. In this sequel to "Daddy's Roommate" (1991), the answer is a resounding "yes!" with a commitment ceremony and celebration in the backyard and Nick acting as best man at his father's wedding. Children's books have developed beyond this kind of heavy didacticism and exclamatory art. The wedding does look like fun, but the only moment of real narrative here is when the dog eats part of the wedding cake. There's a condescending literalness to this picture book, which is as amateurish as the most strident fundamentalist Christian "fiction." Every detail is message driven: Nick's mother is happily remarried, and he loves his stepfather; the guests include a lesbian couple; the minister is a large woman; Nick is off to baseball camp. The subject of same-sex marriage deserves better than this. Consider for purchase where material on the subject is needed, but let's hope something better comes along soon.
Bobbie Combs
Again, the story and pictures are supportive—even Grandma and Grandpa attend the wedding, along with many loving friends.
Alternative Family Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
In the sequel to Daddy's Roommate (1990, not reviewed), ten- year-old Nick is the "best man" at the commitment ceremony of his gay father and his partner, Frank. Nick's mother, stepfather, and grandparents are delighted by the celebration, which takes place in a backyard and is officiated by a female minister. She asks the men to present their own version of vows before the multiracial attendees, who include other same-sex couples. The only dramatic conflict comes when the dog eats part of the wedding cake, an incident treated with equanimity and humor.

In a book clearly intended to show such ceremonies as normal occasions, there is no suggestion that anyone might feel awkwardness. It is not so much bibliotherapy as a positive reinforcement of families, whatever their make up or configuration. A practical title for the parenting shelves, perhaps, rather than for general picture book collections, this book is less a literary effort than a work to reassure those in similar situations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555833503
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Alyson Wonderland Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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