Mabel’s Topsy-Turvy Homes

This is Mabel’s house . . . and this is also Mabel’s house.

New routines, rules, and bedrooms: after her parents’ divorce, Mabel’s new living situation has her feeling topsy-turvy. As she learns to adjust to having two different houses, she struggles to understand her anxiety and frustration. But a weekend caring for the class pet helps Mabel realize that having more than one home isn’t such a bad thing after all. Mabel and Izzy the Iguana make a colorful duo in this lighthearted picture book, helping kids adapt to their own new, topsy-turvy adventures.

Why I Wrote this Book:

Like Mabel, I grew up with divorced parents and two homes.  Life definitely felt topsy-turvy a lot and I wanted to write a book for young readers going through the same experience.  Knowing you’re not alone and that life can be an adventure even when times are tough is the kind of reassurance I wish I had when I was young.

“This sweet tale highlights the exciting variety of a two-home child’s experiences, validating them all. Parental love and quality time are ever present in the warm, cozy illustrations. . . Doubly fun!” —Kirkus Reviews

“Contrasting warm and cool palettes complement this tale for any child who is searching for a new definition of home.” —Foreword Reviews

By Candy Wellins
Illustrated by Jess Rose
Pub Date: October 25, 2022
Pages: 32 pages
Publisher: Beaming Books
ISBN-10: ‎ 1506482864
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1506482866