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Rory’s Room of Rectangles by Ian Eagleton & Jessica Knight

Rory’s Room of Rectangles is the story of Rory’s first Fathers Day without his father living at home. A surprise trip to an art gallery with Mum’s new boyfriend helps Rory explore the conflicting emotions that he has about celebrating a new kind of Fathers Day.

The Story: Rory lives with his mum and her new boyfriend, Tony. He gets on well with Tony and still enjoys weekends spent with Dad. But when Rory’s class make Fathers Day cards he is thrown into turmoil and doesn’t know who he should give the card to. In frustration he tears the card up and hides it. Rory spends Father’s Day with Mum and Tony who later takes Rory on a surprise trip to an art gallery. Sitting in a rectangular room helps Rory verbalise his feelings and share his emotions with Tony who has another surprise for Rory when they leave…

Rory’s situation will be familiar to many children who live apart from one of their parents. Rory, Mum and Tony live in a flat and the activities that they do together don’t cost a lot of money. They paint, create imaginary worlds and play board games. When Rory is with Dad they play in the park and feed the ducks.

Tony is an incredibly sensitive and perceptive character who cares about Rory and realises how important it is that he maintains a good relationship with Dad. On Fathers Day he recognises that Rory is thinking about what his dad may be doing and suggests a trip to the art gallery. As they sit in a room full of rectangles, Tony listens to Rory and a discussion about the artwork helps Rory to explore and verbalise his feelings about having two fathers in his life.

Rory’s Room of Rectangles uses colour and art as metaphors to help Rory explore his conflicting feelings and uncertainties. Jessica Knight’s illustrations convey powerful emotions through the characters’ expressions and their reactions to the artwork. We love the scenes in the art gallery and the way that Tony and Rory holding hands conveys their close relationship.

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  • Rory's Room of Rectangles - Story Snug

This is a fabulous book to stimulate a classroom discussion about different family structures. It can give children the opportunity to share their own experiences and talk about how various special days are celebrated within their families as well as give them a safe space to share any uncertainties that they may have.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Ian Eagleton / Illustrator: Jessica Knight

Thank you to PR Catherine Ward and Owlet Press for the review copy of this supportive and heartwarming picture book.

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10 responses to “Rory’s Room of Rectangles by Ian Eagleton & Jessica Knight”

  1. Lyndsey avatar

    This sounds like a great book! We have a similar family dynamic.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think it’s important that books depicting different kinds of families are published, there are so many different family structures these days.

  2. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    A lovely book to help children understand different family dynamics. 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! It takes a very sensitive look at emotions and feelings after a family split.

  3. Carol avatar

    It is a difficult situation for many children trying to navigate childhood within a changing family. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s very hard for some children to adapt to a new family situation and we love the way that it is Rory’s new ‘stepfather’ who helps him articulate and come to terms with the situation 🙂

  4. RaisieBay avatar

    What a wonderful book. There are so many situations now where Fathers are absent, it must be so confusing for the children.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Suddenly having to adapt to a new family situation can be very hard and I love that way that Tony listens and tries to find a way to help Rory 🙂

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a wonderful book for children to make sense of family life. I imagine it being quite helpful to children with step fathers. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a wonderful example of a step parent working to find a way to keep family relationships strong even when parents split up 🙂