Tillie & Clementine & Mikey is Dan's 5th book but his first based on a
true story. It's about the time two young sisters adopted a baby brother
(well, their parents adopted him, and they became big sisters). These
three cool kids are the author's nieces and nephew. Dan met with his
brother, sister-in-law, and their children in developing the story, and thus
many of the lines and scenes really happened.
Mikey was adopted just after Happy Fun Books was launched, so the young lad doesn't appear in the first two Tillie & Clementine stories. However, he can be spotted along with his sisters as "extras" in the subsequent two titles, Derrick and the Dinosaurs and Robert and the Robots. But now Mikey is a headliner, and Dan's glad he's part of the act and even gladder he's part of the family.
The hope is that this book inspires more adoptions by giving would-be parents and siblings confidence that they can open their hearts and provide a loving home for a child. Any new baby to a family represents a big change, but like Tillie said in a moment of joy, "I can't remember what life was like before Mikey."
- Dan Killeen, Oct 2018
A family meeting was held in which Mommy and Daddy announce that they're going to adopt a baby.
Tillie and Clementine's friends reacted to the news, fueling the girls' doubts.
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The parents departed to adopt Mikey, leaving the girls with the grandparents. Clementine had warmed to the whole idea while Tillie remained in doubt.
The girls raised many concerns about adding to the family, and Mom and Dad patiently answered each one.
As they prepared the place for Mikey, not quite everyone was enthusiastic.
Mom and Dad met Mikey and spent a few days getting to know him.
Tillie and Clementine walked into the airport to find their aunts, uncles, and cousins already there, ready to welcome the newest member of the family.
The big moment arrived when the girls finally met their new little brother. What happened next? You'll have to get the book to find out, or just look at the cover again.