In an easily understood, beautifully illustrated style, “Daddy’s Disease” helps families to navigate the difficult waters of alcoholism.
Tommy doesn’t know why his father doesn’t show up for dinners, or soccer games or why he acts funny sometimes.
Tommy thinks it’s because his father doesn’t want to be with him, that he hasn’t been the best boy he can be, that he should try harder.
But, Mommy tells Tommy that Daddy has a disease called “alcoholism.” She helps Tommy, and his faithful dog Murphy, understand what this disease is and how it affects Daddy, and the whole family.
She teaches Tommy that he is not responsible for Daddy’s behavior and that gives Tommy the peace he needs to foster a healthy childhood.