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Michael Rosen's Sad Book Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004
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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.
About the Author
Michael Rosen, MA, PhD is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" (Winner of the Smarties Book Prize). The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997. Quentin Blake was the first Children's Laureate. One of the world's foremost illustrators, he has won numerous awards for his books.
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The book is very brief but it says more about loss and grief than many books of hundreds of pages. Michael Rosen has a rare combination of the insight to see what is happening, the courage to accept it and the honesty to speak it plainly. It is a deeply human and humane book in which – thank heavens! – he acknowledges that grief makes you very sad (there is no talk of "closure" - ugh! - or "moving on") and that this is a natural human response. He brings out the simple truth, so often not understood, that trying not to appear too sad for the sake of others is not the same as not being sad yourself. Throughout, the book is gentle but truthful, very funny in places and very touching in others.
Quentin Blake's illustrations are quite wonderful. He catches and expresses the intangibles and complexities of feeling in all of this quite beautifully and his observation is, as always, brilliant. There are some very touching pictures, but some very witty ones, too: watch out for Eddie's sock in the Sofa Football sequence, for example, and the picture of a startled cat made me laugh out loud.
This, quite simply, is one of the best things I have ever read about loss and grief. Everyone of every age should read it in my view. It's a miniature masterpiece.
It is also non-religious.
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