From Publishers Weekly
The sequel to the headline-making Daddy's Roommate (1990), this picture book seems destined to touch off a similar controversy. This time Daddy is getting married to his partner, Frank, and asks his 10-year-old son to be the best man at their "wedding" (or "commitment ceremony," as Frank calls it). If the reception of Daddy's Roommate is much of a predictor, people's responses to this book will center almost exclusively on its politics, not its artistic merits. Those in the market for picture books about gay parenting will laud Willhoite's candor and forthright approach, and overlook the cartoonish art and mediocre text. For others, the subject matter alone will suffice to condemn the book. If applied to another theme, the meager talents showcased here wouldn't draw much attention, but with same-sex marriage such a hot topic right now, the one thing the book won't be is ignored. Ages 3-7.
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Ages 4^-8. "Can men get married to each other?" Nick asks his dad. In this sequel to Daddy's Roommate
(1991), the answer is a resounding "yes!" with a commitment ceremony and celebration in the backyard and Nick acting as best man at his father's wedding. Children's books have developed beyond this kind of heavy didacticism and exclamatory art. The wedding does look like fun, but the only moment of real narrative here is when the dog eats part of the wedding cake. There's a condescending literalness to this picture book, which is as amateurish as the most strident fundamentalist Christian "fiction." Every detail is message driven: Nick's mother is happily remarried, and he loves his stepfather; the guests include a lesbian couple; the minister is a large woman; Nick is off to baseball camp. The subject of same-sex marriage deserves better than this. Consider for purchase where material on the subject is needed, but let's hope something better comes along soon. Hazel Rochman