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The story of Charlie the orangutan and his father, whose constant thirst for banana beer upsets their family life despite his love for his son, is designed to offer comfort to children in families confronted by alcoholism.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Charlie's father drinks too much. His parents are quarrelsome and irritable, and Charlie begins to blame himself: "Maybe Dad wouldn't drink so much if I was a better boy." One day his frustration over his troubled home life flares up and he confides in his kindly teacher. Later, he eats dinner with a friend and her loving family and wishes he could stay with them. When his father picks him up, though, he knows that his dad loves him. He continues to hope that things will return to the way they were before the drinking became such a problem. A final note explains that many families suffer from similar situations and that there are support groups for them. The complex issues of alcoholism and its effects on the abuser's loved ones are thoughtfully handled, and Carrick does a fine job of presenting Charlie's feelings. Apple's lively, colored-pencil drawings of the anthropomorphic orangutan characters balance out the poignancy of the text. Although it can be read independently, the book is better suited to sharing with adults as it's sure to prompt questions and discussion.?Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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Book Description Concept Books, 1995. Condition: New. Margot Apple (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0807505684
Book Description Concept Books, 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807505684
Book Description Concept Books, 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807505684