Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Book - 2005
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With unmitigated honesty, a touch of humor, and sensitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen explores the experience of sadness in a way that resonates with us all.

Sometimes I'm sad and I don't know why.
It's just a cloud that comes along and covers me up.

Sad things happen to everyone, and sometimes people feel sad for no reason at all. What makes Michael Rosen sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died suddenly at the age of eighteen. In this book the author writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to cope with it -- like telling himself that everyone has sad stuff (not just him) and trying every day to do something he can be proud of. Expressively illustrated by the extraordinary Quentin Blake, this is a very personal story that speaks to everyone, from children to parents to grandparents, teachers to grief counselors. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel deeply sad, the truth of this book will surely touch you.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2005
ISBN: 9780763625979
Branch Call Number: EASY 152.4 ROS 2005
Characteristics: np: illus
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin


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Jun 10, 2019

Not for kids and not uplifting at all... but it is an excellent book. Blake's illustrations are top notch and the prose just cuts to the bone.

Oct 19, 2018

Incredibly moving. Not an easy book, but a helpful book. Palpable grief.

Jun 26, 2015

I concur with the previous comment in that I don't think this is a children's book and am surprised it is in that category. Definitely an adult read and well done , but would not recommend for the younger ones .

May 27, 2015

A valuable addition to any general grief/depression list .
In my view not a children's book--but adult's and possibly some young adults.
It is a grapic memoir of a Father who had an 18yr old son,Eddie,die from meningitis.
Michael Rosen's story,illustrated by Quentin Blake

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