WHO’S JERRY? BY T. M. JACKSON (Book Review #970)


Who’s Jerry is a story about a little girl who navigates mental illness with her mother. Every time Imani approaches her mother, she snaps back and verbally neglects her child. Imani does not know what she has done wrong. Her mother talks about a friend that Imani has never met or if she asks her to wear a pot on her head to protect her from monsters on the bus.

Imani’s mom is seriously mentally ill, and her behavior affects this little girl’s heart and mind. Imani misses the times when her mother would comb her hair or spend time with her. It is such a sad thing to see and read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mommy sits in the dark as daddy comes home and takes her to the hospital. Imani’s mom is taken somewhere to get better.

The underlying message here isn’t to judge the mother or the situation but to understand that schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, and conversations about it should be made. The book is beautifully written and illustrated.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys children’s books and wants to introduce the subject matter to their child.

Written by Jeyran Main

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