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Michael Rosen's Sad Book - Michael Rosen


Published: 3rd January 2011
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Very occasionally the term non-fiction has to stretch itself to accommodate a book that fits into no category at all. Michael Rosen's Sad Book is such a book. It chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects the art of making complicated feelings plain. It wasn't made like any other book either; Michael Rosen said of the text, " I wrote it at a moment of extreme feeling and it went straight down onto the page ...Quentin didn't illustrate it, he 'realized' it. He turned the text into a book and as a result showed me back to myself. No writer could ask and get more than that." And Quentin Blake says that the picture of Michael "being sad but trying to look happy" is the most difficult drawing he's ever done..."a moving experience."


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Beautifully done!


from Canterbury, Victoria, Australia

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  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written


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    • Great For Child Grief

    Comments about Michael Rosen's Sad Book:

    This book is in our library at The Compassionate Friends and is regularly borrowed for the children to understand the death of their brother or sister.

    It is explained in an easy to read and understand manner, with pictures that are easy to identify.

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    A beautifully illustrated read for adults and children about love and loss which explains why it's ok to be sad sometimes Psychologies Magazine If you read just one book to a child who has experienced the death of someone close to them it should be (this) Daily Telegraph Explains sadness and grief in a manner that children can comprehend Gobblefunked The beauty of this book is that the words and the pictures knit together so well. -- Tony Ross Important and astonishing ... Blake's pictures are a triumph. They combine perfectly recognisable portraits of Rosen with expressionism, proving that Blake's seemingly spontaneous style is born out of practice and precision. Both the words and the images articulate strong emotion with admirable economy and convey a sense of the preciousness of life without being sentimental, platitudinous or falsely hopeful. At moments, the story is even funny. This valuable book is painful, but its honesty is surprisingly uplifting. It is a huge achievement by both author and illustrator. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

    ISBN: 9781406317848
    ISBN-10: 1406317845
    Audience: Children
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 40
    Published: 3rd January 2011
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 29.5 x 21.4  x 0.5
    Weight (kg): 0.23