Ted's parents are divorced, but that's just one fact about him. The fact that he has named his elbows Clyde and Carl? Or that Ted walks around with soap in his hair and likes to squawk like a chicken on the phone? Now, that's definitely weird.
As shown in this lighthearted yet heartfelt account, life with divorced parents isn't always easy, but above all Ted knows he's loved—and there's nothing weird about that at all.
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Bill Cochran is also the author of The Forever Dog, which Booklist called “an outstanding, realistic addition to books about death and dying.” Raised in Palo Alto, California, he is now a creative director in advertising. He lives in Dallas, Texas where he also performs with a popular comedy improv troupe.
This is Mike Gutch's first children's book other than his unpublished "book" he wrote in third grade about New York State, which coincidentally is where he resides, in the town of Pelham, just outside of New York City. Mike lives with his wife and four children. When he's not making peanut butter and honey sandwiches for them or working for the Man, he's enjoying the great outdoors. If you'd like to send him a note on the book or advice on how to get anything unstuck, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Bjorkman has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy, Emily's Everyday Manners by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, I Hate English! by Ellen Levine, and Safari Park by Stuart J. Murphy. He also creates greeting cards with his brother, Carl, and together they have sold millions through Recycled Paper Greetings. Steve lives with his wife and three children in Irvine, California.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1–4—This story uses humor to help children cope with the issue of divorce. Ted, the quirky narrator, shares many facts about himself that he concedes others might consider "weird"—he has nicknames for his elbows, he sleeps with one sock on, and he likes to answer the phone by pretending to be a chicken. The one thing that he knows is not weird is that it will take time to accept his parents' divorce. He is sad when he thinks of them not being together and, while he enjoys spending time with them individually, he wishes that they were still a family. The story ends with Ted realizing that no matter how weird he may be, he knows that his parents love him. Ted has a believable voice that children will recognize, either personally or as they observe friends in similar situations. The colorful cartoons add to the upbeat nature of the story and make a serious subject a little easier to swallow. Many adults will appreciate this book's message and will want to use it as a springboard for discussion in both home and school settings.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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