Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow – Benjamin Dean

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Archie’s parents have recently split up, which means life is becoming a little bit different for him. Not only does he not see his dad as often, but he’s been acting strange around him too. Usually, they spend every Friday battling out to win games in Mack’s Arcade; lately, he hasn’t even been good competition!

Alongside this, Archie has noticed his mum crying a lot more often and keeping secrets from him. He doesn’t know how to feel anymore and neither of his parents are able to be there for him. When Archie finds a leaflet in his dad’s car, he feels like he’s found a clue to making things better between them and beginning to repair their relationship. But will he be able to pull off his plan? With his best friends Bell and Seb, he just might…

Benjamin has written this book in a way that really helps the reader to connect to the characters. Archie is going through something which children are able to connect with; either because it is a known experience to them or because it has been written in a way which induces empathy from the reader. Archie has to go on a journey of discovery, but it ends up not only being him who finds the answers he is looking for.

Benjamin has created a book which approaches topics which are aligned with the society we live in today; it is so important for children to also see themselves reflected in the books they read and feel as though they are valued. Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow does exactly that.

Seb and Bell show how important friendship is. They root for Archie throughout the story and demonstrate their loyalty to him. I loved Oscar and Dean, too, as well as all the new friends the group make along the way. This is a brilliant book and one I think should be on every classroom shelf.

If you like the sound of this book, buy it here:

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher.

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