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Michael Rosen's Sad Book [Hardcover]

Michael Rosen , Quentin Blake
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 2004
We all have sad stuff - maybe you have some right now, as you read this. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try to cope with it. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel really deeply sad, its truth will surely touch you.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744598982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744598988
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include We're Going on a Bear Hunt which was the winner of the Smarties Book Prize (9780744523232), Michael Rosen's Sad Book (9781406313616) and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry (9781406305500). The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997.

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"* "... a masterpiece, beautifully judged, a book of honest grace." Observer * "An outstanding book, head and shoulders over anything else, for any age." Guardian" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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153 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would-be illustrators - BUY THIS! 24 Jun 2006
It took me a couple of reads to realise just how much Blake's illustrations added to the spare, bold text. It was as if Rosen, in his grief, had left some things unsaid and Blake had picked up on this and helped out. I've always liked his illustrations but this book brings out a different side of him - more expressionist - his figures and landscapes (some beautifully economical use of watercolour)seem to bypass the brain and go straight to the solar plexus.

Some people are worried that the bald realism of this book is too much for younger children. But what about those who've already lost someone close to them? Surely they need help in visualising their experience. Ever since my daughter died I've been trying to find ways of telling my autistic son about her. I said all the usual stuff, but he became inconsolable and cried as if heartbroken. I've left it alone for months and then suddenly found this book. I knew it would be perfect for him, as he has SUCH a visual intelligence. It was. He asked me to read it again and again and pointed out aspects of the pictures that I had failed to notice.

My other daughter is a little wary of it, but I feel it will reach her in time.

If you want to help someone deal with loss, please don't be afraid of this book.
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A staggering achievement 11 April 2005
Michael Rosens Sad Book is an astonishing achievement.
Poignant, saddening and thought provoking, though do not be fooled, this is not just a childs picture books.
Even the most toughened of adults would find it nigh-on impossible to muster anyhing other than a tear.
Michael Rosen lost his son, Eddie, to meningitis when he was just 19. After the collapse of his marriage, Michael Rosen perhaps lost for a while his familiar cheery side of his other incredible poetry books.
Having met the man myself, I can confirm that despite his setbacks this man is a super guy and has more warmth and softness than anyone else I have ever met.
Sad Book is simply put unlike anything you will ever read. Do not be put off by it being about saddness and depression. As he puts it himself, he is not bad, but sad.
You will not regret this amazingly honest and open book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Book 29 Mar 2008
Rosen has produced a gem and as people have said the pictures are perfect for it.
An unusual book, a must buy if you want kids to be able to take feelings seriously.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable children's book. 26 July 2006
I used to read "Quick, Let's get out of here!" to an appreciative group of 7 year olds. They loved the chocolate cake, but I got more requests to hear the tales of "Eddie and the nappy" than any other poem in the book. To read of Eddie's death in this book was heartbreaking. It's not an easy book to read to children but it is important. Sad is all around and children understand this. Buy this book, it is an essential addition to any child's bookshelf.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES, LIFE CAN BE VERY, VERY SAD 9 Mar 2005
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a sad book, a very sad book. It is aptly titled. Yes, it's unlike the majority of books intended for young readers. There aren't any rhymes or happy endings. It's a story, more of a journal really about the way Michael Rosen is trying to cope with the death of his son, Eddie.
Why give a sad book to children? Because there are times when we are sad, life is sad. However, this book is also about love and how very much Rosen loved his son. It's also a book about possibilities. All the things you can do when your life seems bleak. Maybe we can't be too young to learn these lessons.
Rosen talks about trying to look happy because he thinks people won't like him if he looks sad, and he mentions trying to do one thing he can be proud of every day. Then, when he goes to bed he tries to think about that rather than the fact that Eddie is no longer with him. He doesn't sidestep the anger he feels at Eddie's death or the memories that flood his mind.
Quentin Blake has won numerous awards for his illustrations, deservedly so. He illustrates this book not just with watercolor and ink but also with empathetic awareness.
This is a very honest book that cannot fail to touch hearts, and it may perhaps teach young ones to be kind and relish every day.
- Gail Cooke
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's ok to be sad! 26 Nov 2004
By A Customer
An amazingly successful book in bringing together words and pictures in a way which touches you immediately. Very helpful if you're struggling with sadness yourself (though don't start reading it in the bookshop if you are! Take it home first [after buying it obviously!]).
As a book for both children and adults to help them access and understand sadness, I think it's unparalleled. Reaches much more widely than bereavement.
Lose your guilt over feeling sad! Read this book!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be just a children's book 13 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Summary: Covers a lot of important areas in bereavement in an accessible and sensitive way.
Reviewer: West London, works in helping profession, sometimes with bereaved people.
I was impressed with this book becauses it says or conveys so much in a digestible, insightful and empathic way. It's the best 'introduction to bereavement' I've come across and manages to get the emotional tone just right - some hope, some humour, some tips, but an acknowledgement that the sadness can be overwhelming at times (and doesn't go away in a hurry). Particularly useful for people who have lost children, or adult children as the author lost his son at 18, but relevant to most bereavements. Illustrations are great too and contribute a great deal to the impact and perceptiveness. Consider this a 'group review' because some people I know who are struggling with bereavement thought a lot of the book too - and felt understood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sad as the title says, and moving
like many parents I have read many of his books, not knowing of this back story. Very moving, and the lovely illustrations too. I am so sorry for his loss. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EW
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
The words and illustrations are more than the sum of their parts. A fantastic book. I bought it for my son after his brother died. Read more
Published 1 month ago by North Londoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, wonderful, so sad, so wonderful,...
A father is telling about his life after his son died - that's the story. But look at your own: Each page is very sensitive designed, a simple speech, but it will moves you to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Sievertsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, honest and compelling - read this if you're an adult or a...
This book is staggering. The emotion conveyed is powerful, but the style itself is elegant and simple – the language is accessible for young children, but also hauntingly beautiful... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book by a fantastic author
Such a beautifully written book. My friend borrowed it when she was feeling low, saying it was lovely to read it an made her realise she isn't alone in how she feels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joasia klewerska
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
It was just what I needed. Site was efficient and simple to acquire the product. It arrived safely and promptly, with regular emails detailing it's whereabouts.
Published 3 months ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding
This is a good book for anyone dealing with loss of a child. I am going to give it to my brother whose daughter died. Read more
Published 4 months ago by EJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Rosen
Wonderful book bought to try and explain sadness to my Asd son he loves Michael Rosen full stop and he enjoyed the drawings and the story.
Published 5 months ago by Moira
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Lovely book for anyone who is grieving; teenagers especially relate to this as well as older children . Read more
Published 7 months ago by jaydee
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought this would be a smaller book
the contents of the book was just what I needed to send to a cole who had lost a baby after one week. I have not spoken to them but I was pleased the contents were what I wanted
Published 7 months ago by celia jaffreys
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