Feeling Sad by Sarah Verroken

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Introducing a remarkable new talent, this story about overcoming sadness and finding the color in life will strike a chord with its inventive illustrations and sweet story.

Deals with a serious theme in an age-appropriate, imaginative and sensitive way.

Feeling Sad is about a little duck that is feeling sad and is trying to find a way to feel better. Black clouds hang over Duck’s head, and she doesn't know quite what to do until a little frog encourages her to take heart. Taking up Frog’s challenge (“No puck, Duck?” he asks), Duck hatches a plan that gives her the feeling that she has the power to change things. With her little toy Cuddly she sets off to find the sun. Will her plan work? Will she find the sun? Or will it find her first?
      Verroken makes highly effective use of black and white illustrations, introducing color only slowly, graphically describing the feeling of sadness and how it can lift.

Winner of the International Illustrator’s Award of the City of Hasselit in Belgium

Nominated for the Boekenpauw 2008 (the annual award for the best illustrated Belgian picture book) and by the Kids and Youth Jury of Flanders (the winners of both awards will be announced in 2009)

Winner of the 2008 Plantin Moretus Prize


About Sarah Verroken

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Sarah Verroken is a graphic designer and illustrator, who graduated in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in the Visual Arts/Illustration. Her Master’s thesis was the picture book Feeling Sad, first published in Dutch by Clavis Books and then in English by Walker Books Australia. Born in Belgium in 1982, Sarah began her career as an artist by drawing turtles—correction: a very specific turtle—as soon as she realized that a pencil was not merely a projectile. When she was 20, a whole new episode began with the discovery that there is more to picture making than turtles. In 2007 Sarah moved to New Zealand. Surrounded by beautiful birds and stunning landscapes, Sarah is constantly inspired. Her favorite techniques include woodcut and Photoshop, plus everything else that can leave an impression on a piece of paper. She loves to experiment and to discover new ways to render the animals and adventures constantly unfurling inside her head. To learn more about Sarah, please visit: www.sarahverroken.com
Published May 12, 2009 by Enchanted Lion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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As Duck begins to take control of her day, Verroken begins to digitally add color to her bold woodblocks until, when the sun finds Duck, the landscape is saturated with it.

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""It's time to warm the flowers and dry up all our tears."" By book's end, the woodcuts are blazing with cheery colors, and even Duck is her ""wonderfully yellow self."" Children may well be entranced by bold graphic elements and the reassuring transformation that occurs over the pages.

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