Title: When Dad Came Home
Author: Vanessa Hatley-Owen
Illustrator: Rosie Colligan
Specs: 230 x 215 mm portrait, PB, 32 pp, colour
Publishing: 8 November 2018
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The war was over and Dad was coming home at last!
But the days and weeks go by, and when he does return Dad is not the happy man that young Rita once knew and Thomas thinks he remembers.
Struggling to understand his sadness and fears, the kids accompany him as he readjusts to home life, all the while singing his favourite song. One day, while they help him fix the deck, Dad starts to join in the song …
Vanessa Hatley-Owen and Rosie Colligan beautifully capture a children’s view of family love and the realities of shell shock for the men who returned after the First World War ended on 11 November 1918.