cover image Living with Mom and Living with Dad

Living with Mom and Living with Dad

Melanie Walsh. Candlewick, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5869-4

Walsh addresses divorce from a playful angle in this interactive story with smudgy, inviting pictures that resemble finger-painting. Large flaps compare and contrast the time a sandy-haired girl spends with each of her parents. A turn of a flap turns her yellow-walled bedroom at her mother’s house into her florally decorated bedroom at her father’s apartment. Her father takes her camping, her mom takes her to a farm, and when she is in a school play, both are sitting in the audience. The bright acrylics underscore the love in the girl’s life, as does an extended family photo album in the final pages. Ages 3–up. (June)