Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763625979
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 282,657
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 11.81(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Rosen is an award-winning author and anthologist of books for young readers, including Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, illustrated by Jane Ray, and Shakespeare: His Work and His World, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and one of New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books of the Year. In 1997 he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for service to children's literature. Michael Rosen lives in London.

Quentin Blake has illustrated more than 250 books by many writers, notably John Yeoman, Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and, most famously, Roald Dahl. He is also well known for his own picture books, such as Clown and Zagazoo. Quentin Blake was a tutor at the Royal College of Art from 1965 to 1988, and for eight of those years was head of the Illustration Department. In 1999 he was appointed the first British Children's Laureate, and in 2002 the Quentin Blake Europe School in Berlin was named for him. He is also a recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. Quentin Blake lives in London.

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Michael Rosen's Sad Book 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael tells about his son who has died, how it makes him feel, and how he deals with the loss. Classic Quentin Blake sketches that expose Blake's range within sketching. This is a book best read in adult/child pairs or groups and may be a book only to introduce to help children understand loss and not as a casual story time book. Acceptable for all readers and a worthy addition to any collection.
emgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Rosen describes the emotions he feels after the death of his son and mother. His portrayal of the realities of grief and depression are simple, spot-on, and unflinchingly honest. The ink sketches depict the darkness of the author's struggle with hopelessness and rage, as well as his attempts to move forward. It is a painful book to read and is likely not suitable for all children or for very young children. For those who have struggled with depression and loss, however, it could be very powerful to see the author's experience and feelings put into words so effectively. This would be a useful book to have on hand for school counselors to use as a resource as well. I can certainly see the value in including this book in a collection that serves fifth graders and up, although I would probably shelve it with nonfiction titles rather than picture books.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about Micheal Rosen's book about being sad and how its ok to be sad, everyone has things they get sad about. He tells about how he copes with being sad and how he tries to make himself happy again.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(easy) In this book, the emotion sadness is explored and it is made clear through the author's narrative that sadness can affect anyone at anytime over anything. It just depends on the person what their personal sadness is.The author also explores different solutions on how to deal with sadness and that feeling sad is ok. This book would be good to read to a child who has experienced a loss through death. It would also be good to read in general, because sadness, for whatever reason, may be an emotion children may not understand when they feel it or may have not had much experience with. A conversation with young listeners would be to talk about what has made them sad. This book is not a very happy book, which is what we are used to most of the time with children's book. I guess if it was intended to be a happy book then the author wouldn't have entitled it "Sad Book"!
isaacfellows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book will break your heart. Blake's scribbly drawings are incredible, so textured and apparently effortless. I'd use this book carefully, since its subject matter is very deep and requires a bit of processing. Library patrons looking for books about grief would benefit from being pointed toward this one.
Zmrzlina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stumbled on this book in the "aging" section at Borders. It really has nothing at all to do with aging. It has everything to do with death and sadness. It is never sentimental. It is a brutal, honest and beautiful look at grief and sadness. Perhaps too intense for young child, though fine for middle school and older. And perfect for the adult who would sooner swallow knives than pick up any of the sappy grief books that sell so well in the chain bookstore... the "chicken soup for the grieving soul" sort of books that have a silver lining behind every sadness.
kclopez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Micheal Rosen's The Sad Book centers around a man who is sad, due to the death of his son. He explains his sadness, but talks about the things that helps him cope with his sadness like remembering the good memories and talking to friends. This is a great book to read to child who has dealt with a loss and feels alone.
Goedi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whoa. I'm not sure it's fair to unleash such a book on unsuspecting readers. Don't just skim it in a bookstore unless you carry tissues, is all I can say.
scroeser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this in a bookstore today, and I feel like I will never forget it.
edspicer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Rosen¿s smiling face greets us on page one. We expect smiles in picture books. His smile, however, does not seem to fit the text that describes a very big kind of sad. Closer inspection of the illustration, however, reveals a forced smile. We see that this smile is superficial and the text makes it clear that Rosen smiles because we expect the people we like to behave in this way. Rosen¿s son Eddie is dead and Michael Rosen¿s Sad Book is gut wrenching honest with a perfect title. In one sequence we see Eddie as a baby, then as a young boy, next comes Eddie as a teen, and the final frame is blank because Eddie is dead. Rosen exhibits his anger and hints at a dark rage, ¿Sometimes because I'm sad I do bad things. I can't tell you what they are. They're too bad. And it's not fair to the cat.¿ Little things like doing one thing to be proud of each day or realizing the difference between ¿sad¿ and ¿bad¿ begin to make a difference for Rosen. He remembers rainy days with his mum, Eddie laughing, and birthday parties with cakes and candles. The last pages of the book show Rosen in front of a single candle with its mixture of secular and spiritual light. The gray is greatly reduced and we see hints that tomorrow will be much brighter. Quentin Blake has done a superb job illustrating the text. The words are perfect. Together we have a book that far surpasses the strengths of both. Highly recommended for Middle School and High School and a must buy for social workers and counselors.
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rosen's exposition of sadness strikes the perfect tone: plain, nuanced and mature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book while at a camp for grieving children. It is a very sad book and it is a book that will weigh on your heart, but it will make you smile as well. I hope you pick up this book and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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