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Weekends with Max and His Dad

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Playful, realistic tale of adjusting to life after divorce.

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Any age a child might be going through a divorce is a good age for this book

 A lot of positive messages can be brought up when looking at the story of Max and his Dad. Good can come from divorce even if there are challenges and those challenges, as well as feelings people may have when adjusting to new spaces and situations are ok. So many kids have to go through divorce, and a book highlighting not just the negative but the positive aspects of this can help so much for a healing family. There are topics of self-esteem, and adjusting to new circumstances to talk about, along with the love parent's have for their children even if other things may change.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This expertly written story shows that life after divorce has bumps, but it can be all right. WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD is not a gritty, in-your-face tale of loss. There's a sense of loss, and Max displays anxiety, but these characteristics are integrated, not spotlighted. For example, at times Max feels like "somebody is sitting on his chest." Sometimes he needs to run around -- a lot. On the day his dad moved out, Max was sent to his friend Warren's house, kept busy with movies and ice cream -- "too busy to think about what was going on in his house."

Weekends with Max and His Dad provides a perfect opportunity for parents and kids to discuss divorce. The message is couched in the action. Max and his dad do stuff. Imbued in the stuff they do is the fact that life has changed forever -- but that they can make it through without losing themselves. With subtlety, it promotes a positive, natural dialogue about a very big life event.

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