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Daddy's Roommate / Edition 1

Daddy's Roommate / Edition 1

by Michael Willhoite


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ISBN-13: 9781555831189
Publisher: Alyson Books
Publication date: 07/01/1994
Series: Alyson Wonderland Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

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Daddy's Roommate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about a family who is a bit different than others. It is written in the young boys point of veiw and talks about his relationship with his father and his father's partner.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure that the books message that "gay" is a different kind of love is exactly right, I think this might be more simplistic than necessary...the author might have gone a bit further in this and added that many couples are a man and woman, but that some people fall in love with people of the same gender. Additionally, while I appreciate the humor in the use of the word Roommate to mean lover, this book is aimed at very young children (up to age 5) and the use here could be confusing to them when it comes to people living as actual roommates without being lovers. It might have been more prudent to use a different word here, to avoid confusion for children down the line. I positively love the books portrayal of the couple in this story as carrying on the same daily routines as everyone else (shaving together, eating meals, sleeping, reading the paper) and enjoying a strong and loving relationship with his son, which brings home that this is just as normal a way to live and be as any other romantic configuration. Ovearall, I think Daddy's Roommate has a wonderful family friendly message and I'm quite pleased to have had the opportunity to read this to my children! I'd recommend it in a heartbeat!
rheasly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daddy¿s Roommate is a short picture book describing the relationships between a boy and his gay father and his father¿s partner, Frank. It is told from the boy¿s perspective. The boy, whose tells us that his parents were divorced a year ago, spends time with his father and Frank taking part in fun activities as well as normal routines. Essentially the book is reinforcing the fact that a gay couple is as functional, responsible, and happy as a heterosexual couple. The book is not so much persuasive as it is informative. The illustrations are bold and colorful, but a little stereotypical. However, in this age of the Gay Rights marriage movement, it is an important book to any household.
NataliaLucia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response: I enjoyed reading this book. I think it would be appropriate for older children as well, because older children are aware of the sociocultural context.Curricular Connection: In a first or second grade classroom, children could read this book and then discuss their own families. Students could write a short story about the people they live with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!?!?!?!?! people suck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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's how the real world works!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As if it weren't bad enough to have the scourge of homosexuality on our planet, now they are trying to indoctrinate the younger generation? That is just plain wrong and very disappointing....