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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Children are more perceptive than we credit them for. Such was the case of Irene, an almost 10-year-old girl who had a beautiful family. Her parents were in love, and she had her companion, a teddy bear. Suddenly, her parents would fight endlessly within earshot of everyone. They were so absorbed in their troubles that they didn’t spare a thought for their daughter. Irene felt lost, unheard, and took to writing her thoughts in a diary. She thought it would get better, but one day, they announced to her they were getting a divorce. Her life took a crazy turn from there, but she refused to lose hope. Can a 10-year-old girl help her parents mend fences? See what Irene has up her sleeve in the book titled Mum, Dad, Can You Hear Me? by Despina Mavridou.
Mum, Dad, Can You Hear Me? by Despina Mavridou calls to all warring parents to pay attention. This book is written like one for kids, but I strongly recommend it for adults who have or plan to have kids. It sheds a light on what children go through in many homes. When the home front is in disarray, the kids suffer the most. While we battle with each other as parents, we must remember our little jewels who didn’t beg to be born. A chaotic home is damaging to them, causing a breed of broken adults in society. Despina conveys her message using eye-friendly and colorful illustrations. The plot was well structured, her writing style was playful, and her tone was relaxed. This story is short and powerful, hitting the target with its message. I loved it!