"Coughlin Kim and Cheresnick’s picture book gives a child’s-eye view of how a father’s cancer affects a loving family...Coughlin Kim deals with such realities with a blend of honesty and gentleness that should comfort young readers in similar situations...A thoughtful, vibrantly illustrated cancer story for young children. "
" A must-read when cancer becomes a household word...A real comfort and a valuable tool, My Dad and the Dragon is a beautiful resource for families that experience such afflictions. - " - 5 Stars, Jordan Ehmann
My Dad and the Dragon was reviewed by 5 different reviewers from Readers' Favorites. Each reviewer gave My Dad and the Dragon 5 stars!
"We all know cancer is a life-changing diagnosis. It is especially heart-wrenching when someone with young children is diagnosed. This book will be a great tool for parents to use when trying to help children understand what cancer is and how the treatment will affect their beloved parent. It is a very needed book at this time as we see cancer affecting people both young and older." - Dr Nancy Ellen Kemeny
"My Dad and the Dragon" is a grounding, human reflection of how a sudden diagnosis can impact one's entire family. This honest work not only helps to shed light on what a child might expect in developmentally appropriate terms, but also provides a framework for caregivers who may be unsure of where to start. I strongly recommend "My Dad and the Dragon" to any parent or guardian who is navigating the first steps in battling serious illness while caring for an elementary-aged child." - Connor Wills, Child and Adolescent Therapist
"This is a stunning story for young people dealing with grief. As a death doula and grief coach, it's always difficult to know how to address the big stuff for little people. This book gives not only solace for young minds that they're not alone, but does it without patronizing and with grace. Bravo. I highly recommend. (And the illustrations are incredible!)" - Lisette Chereson, Death Doula and Grief Coach
"As a surgeon to many cancer patients with young children (and a father/stepfather of 5 of my own), I find this book an outstanding contribution to the effort of navigating cancer care with children. Few parents are trained to help their children with the day-to-day struggles that cancer presents in addition to the managing the big picture concerns with incurable cancer. I believe this book sends a helpful message of transparency when communicating with children in this setting. It also validates the emotions of fear, anger, sadness and loss that we all feel and gives clues how to connect with those feelings in a constructive way. If you know anyone going through this, I recommend you get this book. I plan to share this book with my patients." - Dr. Garrett Nash
"Through bright colors and fun illustrations of everyday life, the author explains why a metaphorical dragon has taken over her cancer stricken husband/father of her children which causes him to act out of character. It tries to explain what even adults have difficulty understanding and accepting, that a young parent has fallen terminally ill. I recommend this to anyone, child and adult who is living through similar situation.." - Julie
"This is an incredible book and a must read for any child who is dealing with a sick parent. Compassionately explained and beautifully illustrated." - Sally M
"My Dad and The Dragon is pitch perfect on a topic that can be painful for families to address. The best thing about this book is it’s honesty. To the extent any book can, it answers children’s questions about what is going to happen and addresses their worries. It shows the pain and struggle of the parent with cancer, creating empathy in a way that won’t be overwhelming to children. It shows that life goes on during cancer, and that there can be joy even though everyone has to make adjustments. The images are vivid. The visual metaphor of the dragon is appropriately unsettling and relentless but not too terrifying. It’s clear this book was created by a therapist and someone who has lived the experience of loving someone with cancer." - Jen M
"My Dad and the Dragon is poignantly written and beautifully illustrated. The dragon is an apt metaphor for this terrible disease and is accessible for young kids. I believe this book will show children that there are others out there undergoing similar struggles, and in that provide some measure of comfort." - Beau L
"This book is absolutely stunning in so many ways. Having just lived through cancer with a family member where I tried to put the ups and downs into words for my little ones, I was brought to tears by this book's perfection. It is so accessible and safe for a child, and yet it hits on so many of the real experiences that come with cancer. The text is thoughtfully written, and the illustrations are gorgeous and colorful. Beautiful job sharing your family story and using it as inspiration to help other families." - Carrie Q
"What a beautifully written, and illustrated, book. Discussed in honest straight forward terms, this is an insightful story about a family dealing with a cancer dragon. I wish I’d had this book to help my children understand the cancer dragon in our family." - Nikki K
"Wow. "My Dad and the Dragon" is such a fabulous book. It is rare to find children's books about cancer and even rarer to find one about a father with cancer. Unfortunately, a large population can significantly benefit from a book like this, and it makes me so happy to see a book that will help families. This book shows what it is like to have a "cancer dragon" and turns the dreaded "c-word" into something one can discuss as a family." - Kerala K
"Thoughtfully written with relatable examples of a family who is experiencing cancer. Thank you for sharing this book with the world, Montse! Congratulations to you." - Sarah V