The Night Dad Went to Jail

January 12, 2017
Subheader: 

Tough topic, but something some kids have to deal with.

Review: 

It seems like it would be useful for kids who had a parent who went to jail, to understand what's going on and try to remind them that it's not their fault and also for the parents to understand what the kid might be going through. There aren't a lot of books out there on this topic, unlike something like divorce. It's an unpleasant topic, but it's definitely something that there are kids going through who need help coming to terms with it.

I've seen this book in lists of "Bad Children's Books," like, ha ha, parents going to jail, but I think it treats the subject in a very respectful manner. It might be upsetting to children who aren't dealing with it, though, as I could see them being afraid it would happen to them.

Message: 

It's okay to feel upset that your parent is going to jail, and it's not your fault.

Illustrator
Publication Year
  • 2011
Age Range
Age Range: 
5-8
Number of Pages
Number of Pages: 
24
Number of Words on Typical Page
Number of Words: 
55