Escape from the mad man
For your first nights of freedom
The picture book for women escaping domestic violence and facing difficult questions from their children.
Please read this only if you are somewhere safe.
Escape from the Mad Man is based on one pivotal night in Valerie’s experience with domestic violence. She wanted to tell this story in a picture book to give you a tool she didn’t have back then, a way to tell children the truth in a format that is familiar to them.
Domestic abuse is a difficult subject for a picture book. The book needed to be honest but hopeful. It needed to take children’s sensibilities into account. The text says what needs to be said and no more. The illustrations are not graphic in nature; they deal with the emotions involved.
We hope you and your children will move past this frightening time with as much support and love as possible. Thank you, and all our very best.
Valerie Elmhirst & Larry Lalonde
what they said
Every step of my journey was depicted for me in this book. What it did was show me you can escape, that life can change. It’s not a scary book, it’s one that grasps the situation. I recommend this as a tool to help navigate the path of understanding. I spent 30 years as a police officer, and I’ve seen this scenario too many times. Reach out for help, connect to the right path!
Inspector Linda Gillis Davidson, Regimental number O1882
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
It is a very tough topic, but the authors have done an excellent job in presenting domestic abuse in a way that Moms and their children can relate to. Families will have different specific experiences but the main points about anger, control, physical and emotional damage are unfortunately consistent across abusive situations and this book has dealt with all of these issues. This book would be a useful resource for shelters, organizations and individuals going through abusive situations.
Shelley Deegan, Speech-Language Pathologist,
Dark but filled with hope. Frightening but not negative. Hard truths told clearly with words and pictures. Don’t miss this book.
reviewed on Amazon.com
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