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Mum and Dad Glue [Hardcover]

Kes Gray , Lee Wildish
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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15 Oct 2009

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better.

This story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340957107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340957103
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 24 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kes Gray was noted by The Independent as one of the top ten children's authors in the UK in 2003. He is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and four more titles in the acclaimed Daisy series, as well as Our Twitchy and Who's Poorly Too?, illustrated by Mary McQuillan, and Billy's Bucket, illustrated by Garry Parsons, winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Readers. He also works as a freelance advertising copy writer.

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"An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce: a difficult subject treated with a wonderfully light touch. I'm a huge Lee Wildish fan and think he's definitely a name to watch for the future. I defy you to read this without a lump in your throat." (Kate Skipper, Waterstone's Buyer)

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A highly original and brilliant picture book text that looks at the process of going through a divorce with a child's eye view.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I actually took this book out of the library simply because it looked interesting and not because I was looking for books about divorce/separation. However, as a counsellor, I feel that I have stumbled upon a real find. This is a book that beautifully describes a child's wish to be able to put his parent's marriage back together along with the realisation that sometimes things don't always turn out the way we want them too. It also offers much reassurance to children in this postition as it goes onto talk about how the parents love for their child is neverending despite the fact that the love between them has dwindled and, as such, is very reassuring and sensitive to the worries of the child. All this is done in a very touching and quite moving way. Although it's a cliche I really could't recommend it highly enough!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum and Dad Glue... Simply Brilliant!!! 7 Oct 2010
I'm currently going through a divorce and have 2 children. Trying to explain the situation to them, is at times difficult especially as at times its difficult for me to understand and answer questions that really have no answers! This book is simply brilliant.. It explains things in such an ideal way. The poetry is fantastic.. The art work amazing. I actually cried when I read it.. My children understood everything and it got us talking about everything that is going on... It reassures and talks about the things that children feel, worries and concerns them.. I'd recommend this to anyone who is in the same situation as us.. It's a must read.....
Thank you Kes Gray, simply brillant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for younger children 4 April 2013
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very well put together and lovely colourful illustrations. Able to have lots of discussion about the pictures and very useful for sharing with younger children
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 28 Aug 2011
By Nicky
a lovely book .Very useful in helping children understand about divorce .Nice illastrations and not too many words on each page it gets across an important message .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I grabbed this book as our last borrow on the way out of the library, I didnt know what it was about I literally grabbed it because the cover looked good and it sounded like a funny story. I had no idea what to expect when I opened the pages but on this occasion I am glad I judged a book by its cover.

Florence is only just three but already at pre-school she knows children who's mummies and daddies dont live together so this actually is nice for her too. It answers some questions that I am sure children ask each other in the playground.

I am still with her dad but This book is still great for showing her that every family is not the same. I loved it and thought it was very well done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, hard to read without tears! 8 Nov 2013
By 85kab
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A great little book, a novel approach and a very touching story. I bought it for my 3 year old, and the only downside is that I have as yet been unable to read it to him for fear of welling up myself. If your break up is still new and raw, I advise reading this through to yourself a number of times first.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Dec 2010
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I saw this book on bookaboo. Its a lovly story about mum and dad spitting up. It made me cry, but it puts the situation so well and would reassure any child, its also just a lovly story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the job! 27 July 2011
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I bought this for my 9-year old grand-daughter whose parents have recently separated. She loved it - was obviously amused by it, enjoyed the fact that she could read it herself, and quickly realised it was relevant to her situation. A good choice for younger chldren, too, as it is a book to be shared. It encouraged my grand-daughter to talk about her feelings, which must be a good thing.
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Published 17 days ago by Mrs EA Jones
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Great to help kids
Published 1 month ago by claire crank
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Great book during a time that was difficult for my son to process
Published 1 month ago by Amanda M.
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Useful tool for children going through seperation
Published 1 month ago by Rachael B
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My daughter found this story a good way to talk about what was happening to her family.
Published 1 month ago by cnfree
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Perfect book for young people who's parents separate.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs.Val Bingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool for a teacher
Very thoughtful and creative way of explaining the emotions that come alongside divorce to children. This story even opened my eyes and gave me things to think about.
Published 2 months ago by OW
5.0 out of 5 stars great support for a tough time
My daughter has read this book a few times now and uses it to talk about things she is worried about
Published 3 months ago by susan brodie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
great for direct work with children - easy for children to read with lovely illustrations - sensitive approach to difficult topic.
Published 5 months ago by di
1.0 out of 5 stars Mum and Dad Glue
Having recently separated from my children's father, I bought this book, and a couple of others, about parental separation for young children. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. Howat
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