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Michael Rosen's Sad Book

By: Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 3 February 2005

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A heartbreakingly honest account of a father’s grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Children’s Laureates.

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."

About the Illustrator

Quentin Blake was the very first Children's Laureate. One of the world's foremost illustrators, he has won numerous awards for his books and is most well-known for his work with Roald Dahl.
Industry Reviews
This story is practical and universal and will be of comfort to those who are working through their bereavement. A brilliant and distinguished collaboration.
--School Library Journal (starred review)

Rosen's poetic revelation of his conflicting emotions and coping strategies will resonate with -- and help -- anyone mourning a loss or dealing with an indefinable sadness.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rosen offers no easy solutions here -- but he and Blake close with the image of a candle shedding a small, hopeful light. Readers . . . will be touched by the honesty and perception here.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A beautiful, solacing book.
--The Horn Book (starred review)

While you may not want to give this to a chid who is at the moment, happy, you would most certainly give this to a child who is sad. It shows them that they are not alone, and does so brilliantly.
--Booklist (starred review)

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