Thank you so much to the publisher Simon & Schuster Children’s UK for providing me with an ARC copy through Netgalley. This is no way affects my opinion.
Title: Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow
Author: Benjamin Dean
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Audience: Middle Grade
Release Date: 4th February 2021
My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain:
1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and he all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow is a book that I cannot rate highly enough. It is so wholesome and ended up bringing out my emotional side, which can be hard to do. I usually don’t give middle grade stories five stars, but I had to make an exception for this book.
The story starts with Archie finding out the real reason as to why his parents have split up, and his dad has left the family home. It then quickly transitions into him getting used to his new routine with his dad, and how he thinks that their relationship will change now his dad has come out as gay. To find a fix to his relationship with his dad, Archie and his two best friends Seb and Bell decide to go to London Pride, where they get into a little bit of trouble and meet a whole host of new people.
Archie is an amazing and adorable main character; his love for his parents truly shone through, which is something that I loved. All he wanted to do was make his parents happy again, but he may have had a couple of mishaps on the way. I loved his friendship with his two best friends Bell and Seb; they reminded me of the friends I used to have when I was his age. I loved that they all had their individual quirks, and they did have me laughing out loud many times, especially Bell, with her detective and crime books. But they were always supportive of each other, and respective of how they felt about situations.
One of my favourite parts of Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow was Benjamin Dean’s writing style. He has a fantastic way of educating while keeping it light and funny. I definitely think this book would be amazing to give to all KS2 and KS3 children (10 to 14 year olds) as it represents LGBT+ people in an amazing positive light, and I’m sure there will be many children that can relate to the situations presented within it.
I also have to mention the cover illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat, as it is perfect and encapsulates everything brilliant about the book. I can’t wait to hear what Benjamin Dean will write next because if it is half as good as Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow, I will love it. I definitely urge you all to pick up this book and give it a read; you will not regret it.
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