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Mum and Dad Glue [Paperback]

Kes Gray , Lee Wildish
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Oct 2010

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

'A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy.' - Junior

Kes was voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors and he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award. Find out more about Kes at http://www.kesgray.com/ and https://twitter.com/kesgray

Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013. Follow Lee Wildish on https://twitter.com/leewildish

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340957115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340957110
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,259 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, Waterstones Buyer)

Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own. (Bookbag)

An excellent book aimed squarely at young children. (Nursery World)

A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy. (Junior)

A touching, tender book. (Angels & Urchins)

While the text carries the message, the pictures contribute significantly to this excellent story. (Carousel)

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An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents divorce by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish.

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19 of 19 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
4.0 out of 5 stars saddest book ever 17 Mar 2012
I've just read this to my son (5) and his friend (7). Both of them are children of divorced or divorcing parents. I thought the story of a boy trying to buy glue to put his parents back together was possibly the saddest thing I'd ever read, but they thought it was quite funny. To be honest it didn't get them talking much about feelings, but overall a decent read that normalises the feelings kids of separating parents are going through - if the adult can stop themselves sobbing when they read it!
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In this beatifully illustrated story Mum and Dad's love for each other is broken and the search is on for glue to fix it.
This book puts separation and divorce in a refreshingly optomistic context that children will be reassured to understand.
I saw this book on 'Bookaboo' and like him was ready to rock afterwards! I have 3 children and I am currently separated, so purchased this and shared it with my two youngest. They now speak confidently and more openly about the current situation, and understand more about why things are this way.
Thank you Kes Gray and Bookaboo for the opportunity to clear some of my childrens confusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mum and Dad Glue 10 Oct 2013
Having recently separated from my children's father, I bought this book, and a couple of others, about parental separation for young children.

Both my kids (aged 4 and 6) found this book really sad. They didn't understand why the parents are never shown in the pictures and felt that the little boy was completely alone.

Although it says 'My parents may be broken, But their love for me is not.' I didn't like the line, later in the book 'But sometimes love gets damaged, Way beyond repair.'

We preferred 'Two of Everything' by Babette Cole, my kids found it much more positive and it was more suitable for their ages. The text of Mum and Dad Glue is really more appropriate for older kids although the illustrations and picture book format are not.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any child with "broken" parents 18 May 2011
My son is a six year old aspergers child, and really struggles with his emotions. My recent split with his dad has been particularly tough for him, but this book has helped him talk properly about his feelings for the first time. I cannot thank the authors enough, or recommend this book highly enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 21 days ago by di
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, hard to read without tears!
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by 85kab
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Lovely story to help children understand separation of parents. Beautiful illustrations. suitable for primary aged children - probs best for lower juniors and infants
Published 7 months ago by lucy2525
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Myself and my children have found this book a lovely read. It has helped my children understand a little about seperation. It's beautifully written. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Samantha Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a useful book to read with children who feel that they can make their parents get back together, when separating or going through a divorce.
Published 8 months ago by Tilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
In a very gentle way tackles the issue of blame, helps recongnise those feelings of uncertainty for the future emphaising that mum and dad still love you but things can't always be... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Suepr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought this book for my daughter when she was 6/7 and it really helped us open up a discussion and helped her express herself. Highly recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Ms Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum and Dad Glue
It was an excellent tool I have used it lots in my job as a Counsellor. Great pictures & easy reading
Published 11 months ago by Nettle
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my 5 year old son
I bought this book for my 5 year old son as 18 months after myself and his Father split up, he is still hurting from the split. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rachel Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Thanks very much, it is exactly what I needed. Delivery was swift and so it received it in good time :) My class loved this, almost made me cry too, such a lovely approach to the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Miss LEJ Keeves
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