Sometimes, a persons brain gets sick with a disease called dementia.
What does dementia do to the brain? What changes might we notice if a parent or grandparent has the disease? How might we feel about it and what can help?
This book breaks down misconceptions about dementia and speaks directly to children aged under 5 about the realities of the disease, using age appropriate language in an engaging and informative way. It reassures parents of the value of open and honest conversation about the challenges raised by dementia and offers advice and support in the opening Guide for grown ups. It includes a diverse audience of characters, to emphasise that ANY child can be impacted by dementia in their loved ones. Unlike traditional storybooks, the ending provides a question for the adult and child reading it to ponder together.
Lynda Moore is a family clinician and consultant with Dementia Australia. She has a masters degree in clinical family therapy and has worked for over 5 years counselling children impacted by dementia.
George Haddon is an award-winning cartoonist known for his political cartooning in the Herald-Sun newspaper and for the RACV magazine. He has illustrated a number of other childrens books.
A beautifully illustrated, beautifully written book for children that teaches them about dementia in a realistic, yet simple way.--Wendy Mitchell, author of Somebody I Used to Know
Beautifully written and thoughtfully presented. This important book equips both children and adults with the means to understand and talk about what could otherwise be a mysterious and distressing subject.--Andy Griffiths, childrens author, Australia
This book does so well at simplifying but not disguising dementia, and explains in a respectful and understanding way the sorts of changes a person with dementia might experience. It also helps kids to get the support they need.--Takaya Honda, ABC Playschool, Neighbours
This is a great book. Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, it will help children better understand dementia and make it easier for adults explain to children the behavioural changes that can occur when a much loved family member has dementia.--Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Ambassador Dementia Australia; 2013 Australian of the Year