My Parents are Divorced, My Elbows have Nicknames, and Other Facts about Me
by Bill Cochran, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
Harper Collins Publishers, 2009
Like any young child experiencing their parent’s divorce, Ted insists he is not weird, while certainly feeling weird and many other things inside. In the story, he points out all his foibles, weaving them in with examples of how things are different now with his mom and dad separated. He names his elbows Clyde and Carl, which is weird, and perhaps distracts from the weirdness of not having his family together. He’s angry when his father marries another woman, but learns to get along with her. He acts out by spcawwking like a chicken when answering the phone and, perhaps, clings a bit to his father for math and his mother for injuries. But his blue superhero cape for Halloween becomes an item he uses regularly to battle against the pain of the split.
Brilliantly and sensitively written, this book gives children strategies to deal with the pain and confusion of divorce. Illustrations are delightful, humorous, and distracting all at the same time!