Subjects like death and divorce are not exactly my favorite topics for a children’s book, but I do get requests for them often enough. Do they magically heal? No, but maybe they are the beginning of dialogue and healing for the kids. That said, I doubt this book helps anyone.
This author hints at violence from Dad. Mom tells child that Dad left because he didn’t love her. Frankly, if these two parents are behaving this way, child probably is better off in foster care. I felt awful reading this book. Final blow for this book: this is written by the same author as our most famous post ever: Satan for Kids (part two, click here) and the equally awful book Drugs are Evil. I think these books could be marketed as a set of the most disturbing picture books ever.
I am trying to keep an open mind and I really don’t want to be the crusty old lady that believes that one shouldn’t date married people, but is this really a big information need? The librarian in me thinks that maybe it does address a specific information need, but the woman in me just says ewww! For what it is worth, the book is a typical discussion using anecdotes to illustrate situations ranging from neediness, his kids, judgmental friends etc. Regardless of your feelings, it still needs to be weeded as it does contain legal some state specific legal information as part of the appendix. I guess I am glad that I am old and married since I find the idea of dating someone with so much personal baggage too difficult and exhausting–even if Sally Jessy Raphael endorses this book.
Megan’s Book of Divorce: a kid’s book for adults : as told to Erica Jong
Submitter: I found this amazing book at a used book store. Not necessarily a library book, but still awesome. I took pics of so many pages, I might as well have scanned the whole book. There were odd things left and right. I also looked up the author, Erica Jong, on Wikipedia. Interesting to note that she has been married 4 times, and “She has a daughter from her third marriage, Molly Jong-Fast.” (Yes, that’s a lady.)
Some interesting things from the book that are pictured:
-the bizarre underwear scene, which is also repeated on the inside front dust jacket
-the racist undertones regarding the nanny
-the creepy shadowy “criminal” being locked up and the line about how the cop turns on the siren and flashes the lights just to speed
-Mom’s actor friend, who sleeps all the time (???) (it mentions earlier that both parents are screenwriters…)
-“My mom takes in strays. She is big-hearted but dumb.”
-the panic in the boyfriend’s eyes when Megan threatens that her mom will marry him
-She plays “divorce” with her friend
-“Get mom to kill Kate.”
-author bio: “Erica Jong is a writing mother.” succinct, to the point, and slightly off-putting
Holly: Sadly, yes, this book is available in several public libraries around the country. To honor copyright and fair use and all that, I’ll just post a few pages: