Fake News: NO New Man Appears In Window On Cover Of 'Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore: A Book About Divorce'

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: NO New Man Appears In Window On Cover Of 'Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore: A Book About Divorce'

Does another man appear in the window of a broken home on the cover of the children's book "Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore"? No, that's not true: An image of the "book about divorce" being shared widely on social media is a photo-shopped hoax. The real cover of the 1985 book shows a flower pot in the window, not a man with a towel around his neck watching as the estranged husband says goodbye to his family.

The hoax image originated in a post (archived here) published on June 20, 2019 under the title "Wait a minute." The book cover read:

A Golden Learning About Living Book
Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore: A Book About Divorce

This is what social media users saw:

This is a closer view of the fake cover art:

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An even closer view of the purported new daddy:

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The actual cover art as drawn by illustrator Deborah Borgo and seen on the book's Amazon page:

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The book tells the story about the daddy moving out during a divorce, not a step-daddy also moving in, according to the Amazon description:

When her parents decide to get a divorce, Casey is very unhappy, wonders if it is her fault, and tries a plan to get them back together.

We will not spoil the ending for those who have not read it, although we will say the guy in the window does not win in the end.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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