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The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail (Life's Challenges) Library Binding


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  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: Life's Challenges
  • Library Binding: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Nonfiction Picture Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404866795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404866799
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With its volumes on the expiration of a pet, the death of a relative, and divorce, it would be nice if the Lifes Challenges series wasnt necessary. But where trauma exists, there will always be picture books up to the challenge of addressing them. This --Booklist

About the Author

Melissa Higgins has written over 30 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. She especially like writing about animals, even scary ones. She has written three books about snakes. Ms. Higgins lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and two cats.

Wednesday 's publishing partners include Sterling Publishing, Chronicle Books, and Little Simon. She's also an illustrator and product designer for GAMA-GO, a clothing and gift design company in San Francisco. When she's not drawing pictures, Wednesday is often checking out the view from Bernal Hill with her small dog, Nemo. See more from Wednesday at www.wednesdaykirwan.com

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If you ever have a family member go to jail, this is the book to buy.
CH
I like how it explains the process in simple ways that a child would understand and it has been very helpful with my son in our current situation.
klsanchez
This book helps kids understand they aren't alone, that other children have gone through this, and that they will be ok.
Matthew Sullivan

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By klsanchez on September 7, 2012
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I was pleased to see that this book has child-friendly drawings that my son was able to enjoy. I like how it explains the process in simple ways that a child would understand and it has been very helpful with my son in our current situation. Very useful and colorful.
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484 of 657 people found the following review helpful By Herschel McLeod on June 18, 2012
Format: Library Binding
I bought this book for our adopted Ethiopian son the night my life partner was arrested for grand-theft auto at a Peter Piper's Pizza in Tulsa.

I knew that one way or another we were going to have to break the news to Billy that his other daddy was going away for a while, that both of his daddies still loved him very much, and that everything was going to be okay. And this book delivered all that, but it fell short of giving Billy an accurate picture of what his daddy was going through.

Where are the stained bunk beds? The blazing fluorescent lights? Where's the creepy bunny with the missing ear carving a swastika on the wall with a plastic spoon? Where's the toilet sangria? Where's the bunny snitch that gets shanked by a member of the Aryan Brotherhood?

And about that... Bunnies? Now my kid thinks going to jail is like a trip to Mr. MacGregor's garden. If incarceration is like it is depicted in this book, sign me up! God knows my kid wants to visit now.

Thanks to the author's so-called "sensitivity to children's delicate and irreplaceable sense of innocence," I'm going to have to explain to my kid the difference between the Crips and the Bloods. I'm going to have to teach him the cigarette value of a piece of fresh fish, the dangers of Hepatitis C, and how to fashion a toilet papier-mache chess set.

"Ernest Goes To Jail" did a better job of scaring kids away from a life of crime.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Twig on November 9, 2012
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This is a helpful guide for children who find themselves in a very painful circumstance.

The "funny" reviews are clearly written by people who have no understanding of the reality of why this book was written.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hickman on August 19, 2013
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I purchased this book for a mom of a child in my school who did not know how to tell her five year old that dad was going to jail for about one year. The parents read the book first and then read it to their daughter several times. They told me this book was exactly what they needed and said exactly what they needed it to say.
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85 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Sullivan on December 3, 2012
A lot of reviewers seem to be posting not-so-clever and kinda-racist fake reviews because they think its funny that this book exists. I don't.

I'm glad it was written because there are kids who are suffering because of a Mother or Father who have committed a crime. I think we need to punish criminals, even those who have children, but that we need to also be compassionate to the children who have been left behind.

This book helps kids understand they aren't alone, that other children have gone through this, and that they will be ok. I don't think that it says something bad about our society that such books are written, I think it says something beautiful. We care about all children, even those who have criminals for parents. Because if we don't, these kids will be the next generation of inmates.

All of you losers who are making jokes (particularly the racist ones), I really hope you don't have kids. Ever.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Debbie S. Glade on September 24, 2013
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Through its Picture Window Books imprint, Capstone has published four books in its Life's Challenges Series, covering topics that are difficult to discuss with children. This particular title is one you hope you never need to share with a child. But the harsh reality is that in 2010, 2.7 million children in the US had a parent who was incarcerated - that's 3.6% of all children in the US. And those numbers are on the rise.

This is the story of a young boy (dog) who loves to draw so much that his dad nicknames him, "Sketch" One night while Sketch and his siblings are at their dad's apartment, the police come to arrest the father, and a social worker (cat) comes to speak to the children until their mom picks them up. Poor Sketch gets ridiculed at school when classmates learn of his dad's arrest.We learn about the emotional toil this plays on Sketch and how the adults in this young boy's life help him get through this tough time.
Guidance and Mentoring

In the story, Sketch learns from the adults in his life that he has done nothing wrong, and it is perfectly normal to be scared, angry and even embarrassed about his dad being in jail. He even gets to visit him in jail and later at the prison where his dad is serving a six-year sentence. Sketch gets matched with a male mentor, and he even meets other children who have a mom or dad in prison.

What is most wonderful about The Night Dad Went to Jail, is that young readers going through this traumatic experience in their own lives will be able to fully relate to the main character. Author Melissa Higgins manages to tell the story without sugar-coating the negative situation, yet also without scaring the reader.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CH on November 27, 2012
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If you ever have a family member go to jail, this is the book to buy. It explains the situation in a way children can understand.
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