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Michael Rosen's Sad Book - Michael Rosen

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2015
ISBN: 9781406317848
Number Of Pages: 40

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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."

Industry Reviews

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 *

Beautifully done!

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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.

Canterbury, Victoria, Australia

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ISBN: 9781406317848
ISBN-10: 1406317845
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 2nd April 2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.3 x 21.7  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.24

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