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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.