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Groundwood Books

Weekend Dad

Written by Naseem Hrab • Illustrated by Frank Viva

For students in grades K - 2 | Published August 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773061085

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

36 pages | 9.25 in × 6.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Weekend Dad

Naseem Hrab • Frank Viva

A little boy spends the weekend at his dad’s new apartment in this picture book about how things change when parents separate — and the important things that stay the same.

“This home is home because my dad is here, and it’s nothing like home because my mom isn’t here,” thinks the boy in this story when he enters his dad’s new apartment for the first time. His dad moved out on Monday and now it’s Friday night, the start of his weekend with his dad.

The boy and his dad follow their normal weekend routine — they eat eggs for breakfast, play cards and spend time at the park. And then they do the same things on Sunday. It is hard to say goodbye at the end of the weekend, but Dad gives his son a letter to remind him that, even if they can’t always be together, the boy is loved.

Naseem Hrab has written a poignant yet hopeful story, strikingly illustrated in Frank Viva’s signature style, about what happens when parents separate, and the new reality of having two homes.

Key Text Features
author’s note
writing inspiration

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Awards and Praise

Praise for author Naseem Hrab and illustrator Frank Viva for Weekend Dad:

“Frank Viva’s restrained hand-inked illustrations match Hrab’s prose perfectly … [F]or children – and parents – who find themselves navigating post-divorce realities, [Weekend Dad] will feel essential.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“Viva’s illustrations capture the abundant emotional subtext with simple but effective lines. Unsparingly compassionate; an excellent addition to the collection of books about separation and divorce.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Hrab uses repetition … to simply yet powerfully establish the family’s new routine, while Viva’s line drawings, in shades of green, yellow, and rose, gently twine the child’s newly separate experiences of family.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] heartfelt story about divorce that will ring true with plenty of young readers.” — 100 Scope Notes (SLJ)

“Separation and divorce are common, and this book is a great recommendation for any family dealing with them.”— School Library Journal 

“The sketchy cartoon illustrations are as simple as the story, which they reflect in this

affecting story of a child of divorce.” — Booklist

“Truthful and touching, this picture book sends the reassuring message that children can be deeply loved even when parents separate.” — Horn Book

“In this book for beginner readers, both the story and illustrations come together to help children understand how a parent’s love remains just as strong even though joint custody means they’ve become a weekend parent.” — CM Review of Materials

“Cleverly written with quirky and cute illustrations Weekend Dad is an enjoyable read with an honest and uplifting message.” — Canadian Children’s Book News 

“This is a story of reality but with heart.” — CanLit for LittleCanadians Blog

“Frank Viva's hand inked and digitally colored images provide exactly the right touch for this quiet, hopeful story.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

“A look at divorce through the eyes of a child with inventive illustrations and a genuine exploration of emotions.” — Waking Brain Cells Blog

Praise for author Naseem Hrab and illustrator Josh Holinaty for Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend:

“Packed with wry whimsy ... A valuable lesson in friendship.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Will have young readers giggling ... A fast-moving text that speaks to the fear children have about being the new kid anywhere in life, this title will be especially welcome on the shelves for back-to-school storytimes and shared readings.” — School Library Journal

“This story of a boy’s anxiety about making friends will show readers that, many times, the best way to make a friend is to be yourself! A fast and fun read.” — Booklist

“Hrab, a former librarian, knows what makes kids laugh ... But amid the laughter are some very good lessons about making friends that will undoubtedly help soothe the anxieties of many children.” — Quill & Quire

Praise for Frank Viva and Outstanding in the Rain:

“Each turn of the page delights with its unexpected twist of word-wielding and meaning-morphing. …Viva’s work is wholly original in both style and sensibility — vibrant and honest and full of joy.” — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“Viva conveys a kind of humane sophistication, inviting us to see the unity in people and things that are, on one level, completely and totally different — and to have some smart, jazzy fun at the same time.” — New York Times

  • Commended CCBC Choices, 2021
  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year, 2020
  • Nominated Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books, 2020
  • Winner Toronto Public Library First and Best, 2020
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