When a parent falls seriously ill all the members of his/her family, but especially the children are affected and disturbed by the event.
Explaining an illness and its after-effects to children is often a difficult and complex task. A simple explanation often fails to reassure the child/teenager. It is therefore necessary to thematize the whole problem, the new daily life and the particular symptoms of the sick parent.
The book has been illustrated by 3 Swiss artists: Adrienne Barmann, Johan Walder and Tom Tirabosco.
For certain cancers, such as breast cancer for example, there are books dedicated to the topic. These books reflect in most cases, a very standard family structure: mom, dad and children. Yet the traditional family does not so often represent reality: The sick parent can be divorced and live alone. Or, he/she can live with a partner of the same sex. Children of sick parents may be accompanied by a grandmother, nanny, uncle, etc.