Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Paperback)
  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Paperback)

Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Paperback)

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Paperback 40 Pages / Published: 03/01/2011
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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."

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406317848
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 235 g
Dimensions: 294 x 217 x 5 mm

With emotional elegance and nuance, he welcomes and unpicks each layer of mourning and explains why it's ok to be sad. A painful, yet surprisingly uplifting read that's suitable for both children and adults. * The Independent *
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 *
An eloquent and affecting portrait of sadness, this book packs wisdom into very few words. * The Guardian, 'Picture Books on Prescription' *
Featured in '20 Greatest Mental Health Books' in Happiful. * Happiful *

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“Not just for kids.”

This a beautiful book about Michael Rosen and the death of his son. It is powerful and touching.
This is a great book on dealing with a loss, and the depression that can follow.
Its one that can help children but also... More

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“Simple but beautiful”

This book was recommended in a university tutorial. It is Michael Rosen's account of how he deals with the death of his son. It is beautifully told, and the illustrations by Quentin Blake really enhance it. For... More

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“A very sad book”

Having read Michael Rosen's poetry throughout my childhood- full of hilarious and fun stories of Eddie as a little boy and later a big brother, it is clear how adored he was by his Dad. To read this book as an... More

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