You Make Your Parents Super Happy! - the story
A comforting graphic book for young children whose parents are separating, emphasizing love and continuity
Richy K. Chandler is a London-based writer and illustrator with a love of strong characters, mark making and comics. He is the creator of the weekly webcomic Lucy the Octopus, fairy tale manga Rosie and Jacinda, children's bedtime comic Bang! Crash! Whizz! and the Tempo Lush Tales contemporary comics anthologies.
A difficult subject sensitively handled. Chandler uses gentle humour to show that change doesn't have to be feared. -- David O'Connell, author of 'Jampires' and 'When I'm a Monster Like You, Dad!'
A sweet and thoughtful picture book that helps children to deal with their family separating. -- Peter Bunzl, author of 'Cogheart' and ` Moonlocket'
In this straightforward and reassuring resource, British comics creator Chandler addresses children directly, underscoring the consistence of parental love amid separation or divorce. The artwork features a family of three jellybean-shaped, candy-colored creatures. The parents are shown arguing and sitting apart from each other on the sofa: 'They realized that if they stayed living in the same place, things would get very unhappy for everyone.' Though separate homes may seem scary or sad, Chandler maintains that both parents will 'see you lots' and 'take you to fun places,' making the book best suited to families where those statements are true. The characters' lack of gender or ethnicity allows them to speak to a broad audience. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) -- Publishers Weekly
Anything that helps young children cope with traumatic times in their lives is really valuable, and the simple approach of this reassuring book is perfect for 3 to 5 year olds. It shows, through straightforward text and attractive graphic images, why some parents have to live in different places. Despite that, children remain special to both parents; the story reassures them that both parents will keep looking after them, and love them just as before. The love parents retain for children is paramount in the book. -- Parents in Touch
This lovely picture book is written for very young children whose parents are separating. It is illustrated with gender-neutral drawings, in which people are represented by shapes, so that neither the child nor either parent has a definite gender. The reason parents might separate and the feelings this may cause are simply and lovingly portrayed in a positive way. This is a gentle but honest approach to a difficult subject, which will enable parents to commence communication with their child and with confidence. -- Youth In Mind
So even though your parents don't agree on everything, the one thing they are both sure of is that you are amazing...and they both love you with all their hearts.'
The one thing I am sure of is that this is the best book of its kind for young children that I have seen so far! It's a very difficult subject to put into words, and for word-lacking parents it will prove very special indeed.
A simple and comforting book for young children that helps explain the reasons parents decide to live apart. Focuses on the message that the child is loved above all else, to help ease worries and fears the experience may bring up.
Very simple, abstract characters and no gender specific pronouns allow this book to be used by a broad range of families. By focusing on how much the child is loved, and how both parents will still be around even though things will be different gives the book a positive tone, while explaining a difficult topic.