Dad’s Drunk Again

A Day at a Time - cover

A Day at a Time
Dealing With An Alcoholic

When I first read the title I was hoping for a novel adaptation of the 70s tv show One Day at a Time.  That might have been a better story.

Our gal, Ellen has an alcoholic dad and a mother who is trying to fix this increasingly bad situation. Initially, Ellen wants Mom to divorce Dad and just be done with it. Mom wants to be faithful to her marriage vows. They try an intervention, which doesn’t work and then Ellen’s mom gets involved with Al-Anon and starts to pull herself together. I will give credit to the author for addressing alcoholism as a disease and that family members cannot “fix” an alcoholic. There is a lot of promotion of AA and Al-Anon throughout the story. The illustrations seem make me feel like they are storyboarding a soap opera and wanting to cast a handsome leading man for the part.


A Day at a Time -back cover

A Day at a Time - Pages 8 and 9

A Day at a Time - Pages 16 and 17

A Day at a Time - Pages 36 and 37

A Day at a Time - Pages 60 and 61


  1. I don’t know, the show One Day at a Time tackled all kinds of serious issues. In one episode Ann thinks her new secretary is a drug addict when she really has epilepsy, and in another a girl attempts suicide by taking a drug overdose because Barbra didn’t want to be friends with her, and the girl’s mother turns out to be a real “rhymes with witch”.

  2. Of course, One Day at a Time had all sorts of horrible stuff going on behind-the-scenes.

    The format of the titles on the back cover remind me of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

    1. I’m not sure if that would be hilarious or terrible.
      Mom files for divorce, turn to page 37
      Mom goes to Al-anon, turn to page 14
      Mom enters the spooky cave, turn to page 5

  3. I’m curious about the story line of Mountain Fear : When a Brother Dies. Does he fall off a cliff? Is he eaten by a yeti? Does his death cause a phobia about mountains?

    1. Yes, the art is greatly awkward. I like the cover, where Dad struggles to start his invisible lawnmower.

    1. Yes, sadly. I’m fortunate not to have personal experience of this situation, but it all sounded pretty realistic to me.

  4. I have the book in this series about dealing with leukemia (for some reason not listed with the other books in the series). The leukemia book, also from 1982, feels extremely dated and at least 20 years older than the publication date says. I also don’t get why a picture book would be written directed at teenagers.

  5. Even though I know it was the accepted term at the time, I still wince when I see the word “retarded.”

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