This fully illustrated children’s book explains (sudden) death in words very young children can understand.
“When we were on a No Girls Allowed! holiday, my daddy’s heart stopped beating and I had to find help all by myself, but the ambulance people couldn’t fix him…”
This autobiographical story is told from the perspective of three-year-old Alex. When his father suddenly suffers a massive heart attack, Alex gets help, but his beloved Daddy dies despite being in the care of the paramedics.
Based on the many difficult questions my then three-year-old son asked me, and written in his own words, this book explains death to very young children in an honest, yet gentle and age-appropriate way.
“Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?” was nominated for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal for an outstanding book for children and young people in terms of both writing and illustration in 2014.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2020
Elke Barber (now Elke Thompson) and Alex Barber
Illustrated by Anna Jarvis
Paperback, 40 pages, full colour throughout, US Letter size
RRP £ 11.99