What Happened to Daddy’s Body? by Elke Barber, Alex Barber is a children’s nonfiction book about death of a loved one. It talks about cremation and burial. It is a simple and easy to understand, which makes it great for kids who have experienced death of a family member or loved one.
The main character is Alex who is 4 years old and lives with his sister and mother. His father has died and Alex wonders what happened to his father’s physical body. His mother explains after his father died he was put into a coffin and was cremated. I liked how the writers broke the story down and explained cremation in a way a 4 year old would understand death and what happens after death.
I was not a fan of the artwork, which I felt took away from the story. A little issue I had with the story was that there was a step-family introduced so quickly to the end of the story. I did not see how it fit in with the timeline and the story. The issue of a new parent and siblings seems a bit too much overload on a child when they are trying to get over one hurdle and not increase anxiety. I would have saved John and his five kids for a later books on step-families.
I give this book 3/4 stars.
I received this book from Jessica Kingsley Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.