Written by Margo Candelario
Illustrated by Jerry Craft
Published by Karen Hunter Media
ISBN-13: 978-0-9820221-7-7
ISBN-10: 0-9820221-7-4

"Looking to the Clouds for Daddy  by Margo Candelario breaks the mold.  Not only is it one of the best books on the loss of a parent I’ve come across in a long time, its treatment of the subject is heartfelt and deeply personal without being sentimental or preachy.”

-- Valerie Storey, The Essential Guide for New Writers,
From Idea to Finished Manuscript

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This is the newest children's book that I illustrated. I am really proud to be a part of the project and think it is the best work that I've ever done. I have already seen the overwhelming eaction to the story from both kids AND adults and know that this can be an important part of a child's healing process as they cope with the loss of a loved one.

Below are the author's words:

Looking to the Clouds for Daddy, is a very personal story written for my three daughters eleven years ago following the loss of their father at the age of 32. It depicts an afternoon in the life of Cheyenne, Camaryn, and Trae as they talk and reminisce about their daddy.

For 10 years I kept the story, and my feelings, locked away. Fortunately, my lifelong friend, illustrator Jerry Craft, agreed to breathe life into the characters. He admitted that he had always loved the story and was eager to take on the project. The opportunity to illustrate this book has resulted in, in both my opinion and his, Jerry’s finest work to date.

It is my desire to market the book not only to the mainstream audience, but also directly to those in immediate crisis. The probability is slim that a grieving child will shop on her own to purchase a book on death or that they will understand the need for grief counseling. Therefore, my dream is to also have the organizations directly involved with disaster relief to include the book in care packages prepared especially for children. Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, war, genocide, AIDS… all have affected children worldwide. WHO, FEMA, RED CROSS, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and DOUGY program, to name a few, are all organizations with arms that reach around the world.

Jerry and I have teamed up with Karen Hunter Media, which also shares my dream, and my long-awaited book Looking to the Clouds for Daddy will be released in February 2009.

I hope you can be a part of it!

Margo Candelario


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Just got "Looking to the Clouds" as a gift for my young cousins who've lost their dad -- it's wonderful!

I love the illustration technique here-- the softening of the cartoons is great looking and just surreal enough in the way losing someone we love is... or how looking at cloud formations on a bright clear day can be.

The book has the perfect pitch, capturing the wistful longing, sadness hope and courage children are capable of. This will be a comfort to any child who has lost a parent (and without being sappy.)

-- Reader review from Amazon.com





Click here to order | Click here to download informational PDF

Check out Margo's interview | Check out our art show at UConn