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- DescriptionA 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 n-fiction has to stretch itself to accommodate a book that fits into 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 ackwledges that sadness is t 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.
- Author BiographyMichael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, performer and received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997. In 2007 he became Children's Laureate. Quentin Blake was the very first Children's Laureate. One of the world's foremost illustrators, he has won numerous awards for his books and is most well-known for his work with Roald Dahl.
- Author(s)Michael Rosen
- PublisherWalker Books Ltd
- Date of Publication03/01/2011
- SubjectChildren's General Non-Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWalker Books Ltd
- Content Notechiefly col. Illustrations
- Weight239 g
- Width217 mm
- Height292 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Illustrator(s)Quentin Blake
- Interest AgeFrom 5
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- kowgirl46613 Apr, 2017by
A wonderful book about grief and sadness.
This book is a wonderful story about grief and the sadness that accompanies it. Written after the author's son died, it explains the many conflicting emotions that come with the loss of a family member. Beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake.
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