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Children's Fiction Marriage & Divorce

Weekend Dad

by (author) Naseem Hrab

illustrated by Frank Viva

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
Marriage & Divorce, Parents, New Experience
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


A little boy spends the weekend at his dad’s new apartment in this picture book about how things change when parents separate — and the important things that stay the same.

“This home is home because my dad is here, and it’s nothing like home because my mom isn’t here,” thinks the boy in this story when he enters his dad’s new apartment for the first time. His dad moved out on Monday and now it’s Friday night, the start of his weekend with his dad.

The boy and his dad follow their normal weekend routine — they eat eggs for breakfast, play cards and spend time at the park. And then they do the same things on Sunday. It is hard to say goodbye at the end of the weekend, but Dad gives his son a letter to remind him that, even if they can’t always be together, the boy is loved.

Naseem Hrab has written a poignant yet hopeful story, strikingly illustrated in Frank Viva’s signature style, about what happens when parents separate, and the new reality of having two homes.

Key Text Features
author’s note
writing inspiration

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

About the authors

Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend and Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children’s publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Naseem Hrab's profile page

FRANK VIVA is managing director and founding partner of Viva & CO., an independent branding and design agency that has created award-winning work for companies such as Le Creuset, MoMA, and Butterfield & Robinson. He is a frequent cover artist for

The New Yorker

magazine and his first book,

Along a Long Road

, was a bestseller and a

New York Times

10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection. His fourth book,

Young Frank, Architect

, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department and was translated into seven languages. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Frank Viva's profile page


  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, CCBC Choices
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Winner, Toronto Public Library First and Best
  • Nominated, Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books

Editorial Reviews

Viva’s illustrations capture the abundant emotional subtext with simple but effective lines. Unsparingly compassionate; an excellent addition to the collection of books about separation and divorce.

Kirkus Reviews

Truthful and touching, this picture book sends the reassuring message that children can be deeply loved even when parents separate.

Horn Book

The sketchy cartoon illustrations are as simple as the story, which they reflect in this affecting story of a child of divorce.


Frank Viva’s restrained hand-inked illustrations match Hrab’s prose perfectly … [F]or children – and parents – who find themselves navigating post-divorce realities, [Weekend Dad] will feel essential.

Quill and Quire

Hrab uses repetition … to simply yet powerfully establish the family’s new routine, while Viva’s line drawings, in shades of green, yellow, and rose, gently twine the child’s newly separate experiences of family.

Publisher's Weekly

Separation and divorce are common, and this book is a great recommendation for any family dealing with them.

School Library Journal

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