Daddy Is Cool Like That

Fiction - Social Issues
32 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2022
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Author Biography

Jennifer Bucciero Boyles has been a high school counselor for twenty-two years. She witnessed her father endure multiple sclerosis throughout much of her life, and she knows first-hand the trauma of being a child of a disabled parent. She hopes this book will help other children who are struggling with a parent’s disability see that differences can be okay. Jennifer is now a parent herself and relishes her time with her eight-year-old daughter.
Mary Anne McMahon has more than twenty-eight years of teaching experience and formerly owned and operated a puppet performing business. She is the author of The Motor City and Me: Our Story, an intimate and enthralling portrait of life in twentieth-century Detroit. She also wrote the children’s book Crummy Crazy Coronavirus No Pal Days, which tells the story of two girls who progressed from discontent to fulfilment. Now a grandmother, Mary Anne has fulfilled her dream of writing inspiring children’s books.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Daddy is Cool Like That by Mary McMahon and Jennifer Bucciero Boyles is a children’s picture book that depicts a young family who has recently had their father diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Partly inspired by Boyles's familial journey with the disease, it shows other young children and their families how to cope and to realize that there can still be moments of enjoyment to be shared, as well as the happy memories that follow. Though there might be specific faculties that deteriorate or are ultimately lost, new abilities are gained as well. The illustrations created by Ros Webb feel warm and enveloping. Both the storytelling and the pictures form a book that transcends other children’s books. It stands as a platform for discussions to be had by families that are struggling with a similar diagnosis.

Jennifer Bucciero Boyles and Mary McMahon’s Daddy is Cool Like That stirred up so much emotion in me. The reader cannot help but be moved by the story, the message that it delivers, and the hope that it instills in the hearts and minds of loved ones. Children’s books are always teaching lessons of some kind, some as simple as learning how to tie a shoelace. This book doesn’t just teach; it shows what a family is, it shows memories, whether those memories were inspiring or not. Everything feels incredibly authentic. To say that you will be touched by this book is an understatement. You might even be transformed by it.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Daddy is Cool Like That is a heart-rending storybook by Mary McMahon and Jennifer Bucciero Boyles with illustrations by Ros Webb, and was inspired by actual events. Rachael had a cool daddy who loved playing tag and taking her and her sister Laura for ice cream and to the movies. Her father was a fun-loving man who brought joy into her life, but one Monday after school, Rachael was surprised to find her father with crutches. He informed her that he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and that his legs were too weak to walk. The revelation left Rachael and her family devastated. She worried that her father would never play with her and Laura and wondered whether her friends would make fun of her daddy. Fortunately, her father found different ways of bringing her happiness, and the family learned to adapt and share wonderful moments.

Daddy is Cool Like That is a story about love and acceptance. Mary McMahon and Jennifer Bucciero Boyles use their creative writing to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and encourage children to always maintain a positive attitude. Rachael is like any other ordinary child because she becomes worried whenever there are significant changes. Life comes with challenges that are out of our control. Helping children to understand these changes and teaching them to adapt lessens their concerns. I loved that Rachael’s father continued to be a happy person. Most people in his shoes wallow in misery and end up hurting those around them. His cheerful personality helped his family adjust and accept their new lifestyle. Apart from its powerful message, the book also contains colorful illustrations that correspond perfectly with the story and bring the characters to life. I highly recommend that parents and caregivers read this book with their children and teach them how to adapt to changes.