My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, and Other Facts About Me by Bill Cochran, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. HarperCollins. 2009. Copy supplied by Raab Associates.
The Plot: Ted is made up of many things. His parents are divorced (but that doesn't make him weird.) He sleeps with one sock on (so maybe that's a little weird.) Sometimes when he answers the phone pretending he's a chicken (OK, so that IS weird.) Ted is Ted; he is who he is.
The Good: Kids, like adults, are made up of many things -- weird bits (eating cold spaghetti out of a jar) and not so weird bits (having your divorced parents on opposite sides of the soccer field.)
Cochran uses humor to address some not-so-funny issues, such as being angry about divorce and separate houses and stepparents.
Divorced parents (and the separate houses) is just one part of who Ted is; and this funny book is a gentle reminder to kids to think of themselves as a whole person (who may indeed have some strange habits!) instead of a person with a label ("parents are divorced.") And to embrace the part of you that wears your cape even when it isn't Halloween.
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