One day there’s suddenly a Strange Man in the flat where the child lives with Mum. He’s there when night comes, too, and the next day. The Strange Man puts a calendar up on the fridge, leaves his toothbrush in the bathroom and takes the child’s place on the sofa, next to Mum. He decides things and asks so many questions. Can’t you tie your own shoelaces? Can’t you make your own sandwiches? Mum says she’s lucky to have the Strange Man – she says he’s nice and the child can talk to him as well. But the child doesn’t want to, because he’s strange.
Mum has to go away for a few days and the Strange Man will be staying at home to look after the child. When they’re left to themselves, they have to talk to each other. The Strange Man becomes the Man Who Lives Here Now and then Morten. Maybe they can actually help each other and laugh at the same things, after all?
In Strange Man, Kaia Dahle Nyhus beautifully portrays the uncertainty small children experience when a new adult comes into their life.
Target group: 3-6 years
Topics: bonus parents, security, adapting to new situations.
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