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Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?

Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?

Explaining (sudden) death in words very young children can understand

Elke Barber and Alex Barber, illustrated by Anna Jarvis
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Paperback / softback
2020, 10.87in x 8.35in / 276mm x 212mm, 40pp
ISBN: 9781787757646


When we were on a No Girls Allowed! holiday, my daddy's heart stopped beating and I had to find help all by myself. He was very badly broken. Not even the ambulance people could help him...

This honest, sensitive and beautifully illustrated picture book is designed to help explain the concept of death to children aged 3-7. Written in Alex's own words, it is based on the real-life conversations that Elke Barber had with her then three-year-old son, Alex, after the sudden death of his father. The book provides reassurance and understanding to readers through clear and honest answers to the difficult questions that can follow the death of a loved one, and carries the invaluable message that it is okay to be sad, but it is okay to be happy, too.


'When Elke, his mum, went looking to books for answers, she found nothing, except more emptiness. An incredibly determined individual, she recognised a need to share her story.'
- Oliver Jeffers, multi-award-winning children's book author and illustrator, and maker of 'Lost and Found'

'A beautiful book that will undoubtedly help so many; I would highly recommend it.'
- Richmond's Hope Bereavement Project

'I can think of no better way to communicate with a very young child about a sudden death. This book will be highly recommended on our suggested reading list.'
- Winston's Wish

'Finding a book on sudden death suitable to be read with a pre-school child is very difficult; this one fills the gap admirably.'
- The Child Bereavement Charity

'A young person experiencing death is more common than we imagine. This book addresses the issue with courage, honesty and truthfulness.'
- Grief Encounter Project

'It embodies the best in writing and illustration for children.'
- Healthy Books

'Throughout the book, love, sadness and grieving together are entwined, and the final message of: 'It's okay to be sad but it's okay to be happy too' gives the message I think all child bereavement practitioners would want to give a grieving child.'
- Cruse Bereavement Care


By (author): Elke Barber, Alex Barber