“Every morning, I play a game with my father.
He goes knock knock on my door
and I pretend to be asleep
till he gets right next to the bed.
And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”
But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.
“The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier’s watercolor and collage art…there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration.” (The Horn Book)
“By sharing his experience, explained in an afterword, Beaty lends his voice to children struggling with the absence of a parent and the grief that goes with it.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“A poignant [and] heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and hope.” (School Library Journal)
“The desire for guidance encountering life’s experiences is told from a small child’s point of view with candor, as well as hope….” (Booklist)
About the Author
Daniel Beaty is an award winning writer, performer, educator, and empowerment expert. His works have been shared throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa in the areas of children’s and adult literature, music, theater, film, and television. He has performed at The White House and has graced the stage of The Kennedy Center, as well as HBO and BET. His website is www.danielbeaty.com.
Bryan Collier has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including the award-winning Dave the Potter and Fifty Cents and a Dream, and has received numerous accolades, including three Caldecott Honors and four Coretta Scott King Awards. He lives with his wife and children in Marlboro, New York. His website is www.bryancollier.com.