Max's Divorce Earthquake
"...Highly recommended...The analogy of an earthquake is a very clever device in this story and shows the level of disturbance that divorce can bring to a child's life in a clear and enlightening way...I would recommend this book for every school and library as it would be a must read for parents and caregivers struggling to talk to their children about a separation or divorce".
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"This is a brilliant picture book for families who are experiencing parental separation. This beautifully illustrated book is about a little boy called Max and his emotional experience of his parent’s divorce. Psychologist Rachel Brace has captured the key worries of kids and also explores the very real process of grief following the ending of a parental relationship. Max eventually gets to a new 'normal' life with his parents living in different houses. Fabulous work Rachel - this book will be so helpful for so many."
Maggie Dent @MaggieDentAuthor, Parenting Author & Educator
"... The text clearly steps through the sorts of feelings children may experience when their parents are divorcing, and how it may affect their behaviour. It scripts conversations between parents and children in responding to those emotions and provides a useful guide for working through various situations. In addition to the earthquake of the title, a range of metaphors is used in both text and illustrations. While this may usually create a risk of diluting clarity and impact, in this case it may be useful to ensure that all children will find a way of thinking about divorce that they can relate to their own experience.
This is not a subtle book and it addresses head-on the emotions a child might expect to feel. It is not driven by plot and is clearly intended as an educational resource for parents as much as children. While a valuable tool, children are unlikely to feel fully invested in his character and story, although they will identify with it."
Read this entire review of Max's Divorce Earthquake at Buzz Words Magazine
Harriet's Expanding Heart
"This is a great resource for stepfamilies with young children. The language is simple and the illustrations beautiful. This will fill a much needed gap in resources for children in stepfamilies."
Dr Lisa Doodson, Psychologist and founder of online support for stepfamilies, Happy Steps @happysteps_drlisa