Michael Rosen's Sad Book Paperback – 3 Jan 2011
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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
A heartbreakingly honest account of a fathers grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Childrens Laureates.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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
An unusual book, a must buy if you want kids to be able to take feelings seriously.
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.
The illustrations perfectly reflect the content - all you need to know about the content is contained in the very first picture and caption which shows a drawing of the author grinning with a caption explaining that this is a picture of him being sad - but sometimes people think he's being happy because he fears if he looks sad, they won't like him. Every child will go 'yes!' - this person understands me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a school counsellor, I think I was initially very hesitant about using this book with children, fearing that it might have either no impact at all, or that it might even make... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Claire the Painter
This book is just beautiful. A friend was bought it when his brother died a few years ago, and I purchased this copy for another (adult!) friend who had suffered a loss of his own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Speedie
I wish we had found this book earlier! It deals with Michael Rosen's grief at the loss of his son, yet the poignant, memorable, expressive text and illustrations make it a very... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Westray
So beautiful. Whether your child has experienced grief or not it is a beautiful book to read. It is heart wrenching to read as an adult and Michael's sad words and Quentin's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pjae27
My five year old calls this Michael Rosen' s Funny Book. Things always get raucous when we read this, which must be an odd response. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melanie
Fab book to have around for so many occasions when children feel less than happy.Published 3 months ago by Charlie