By Linda Urban Illustrated by Katie Kath Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-544-59817-1, 160 pages, $16.99 “Weekends with Max and His Dad” is about a son having to adjust to his parents’ recent divorce. Max is adjusting to seeing his dad only on weekends and living in an apartment with his dad. Max is able to make some friends in his dad’s apartment building. While he struggles throughout the book to adjust to the changes, by the end of the book he starts to enjoy his new routine with his dad. This book will be a great book for kids dealing with their parents’ divorce. It talks about different feelings he has about being at his dad’s versus mom’s house and how he is worried about telling his dad the truth about his room. Even if a child isn’t going through the divorce of parents, they still could relate to the book and be better able to understand friends who are going through a similar situation. I would recommend this book to any young child to read, especially those who might be experiencing parental divorce or separation. — Reviewed by Monica Budd, a long-time special education elementary teacher in Wyoming.
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