We are over the moon that Me, My Dad and the end of Rainbow by Benjamin Dean is published today with Simon & Schuster Children’s. This uplifting, rainbow-filled middle-grade debut has already caused quite the splash and we can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on a copy.
Selected as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, publication week was already off to a phenomenal start. You can watch Ben reading from the book on the Waterstones website, here: https://twitter.com/Waterstones/status/1356215722997817347
Ben also wrote a piece for the Waterstones blog on his inspiration and his favourite reads, which you can find here: https://www.waterstones.com/blog/benjamin-dean-on-his-favourite-feel-good-reads?utm_source=WS_BenjaminDeanBlog&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=february2021twitter
My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain:
1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
Called ‘one of the most joyous books you’ll read this year’ by The Bookseller, praise has been flowing long before release day. Katie Tsang, co-author of Sam Wu is Not Afraid and Dragon Mountain called it ‘funny and heartfelt.’ Alice Oseman, author of the Heartstopper series, called it ‘adorable’ and ‘heartwarming’ and Anna James, author of Pages & Co, deemed it a ‘joyful and thoughtful celebration of family, identity and inclusivity.’
We also loved seeing Ben on the cover of The Bookseller magazine. You can read his brilliant interview here: https://www.thebookseller.com/profile/benjamin-dean-i-did-want-be-able-write-something-i-could-almost-give-my-younger-self-1227677
The praise for Ben and his stunning debut simply has not stopped coming, and we know the rest of the world is going to fall in love with Archie too.
Benjamin Dean is a London-based celebrity reporter. His biggest achievement to date is breaking the news that Rihanna can’t wink (she blinks, in case you were wondering). Benjamin can be found on Twitter as @notagainben tweeting about Rihanna and LGBTQ+ culture to his 10,000+ followers. Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow is his first book and he’s currently working on his second, publishing in 2022.
Congratulations, Ben, on this incredibly special day!