Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen
(Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards))

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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.
 

About Michael Rosen

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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.
 
Published February 3, 2005 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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His changeable inner landscape is reflected in the scribbly, emotionally exact art, as subdued color alternates with washes of gray, facial expressions of the author and those around him change—and other signs, from body language to outdoor scenes and the weather itself—evoke each moment’s mood.

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As with the familiar camp tale about the lion hunt, Rosen's repeated audience responses can be infectious (“Past the cars./ Whooshy whoosh/ Whooshy whoosh/ Whooshy whooshy whoosh/ On the train./ Chuffy chuff./ Chuffy chuff./ Chuffy chuffity chuff”).

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A follow-up to Rover, Howler by Michael Rosen, illus.

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Rosen's (Classic Poetry) compelling text and Ingpen's (Who Is the World For?) dramatic paintings invite readers into the "extraordinary and dangerous times" in which the Bard wrote his famous plays.

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In this comical tale, it's the canine narrator who calls his pet human ""Rover."" Rover and her doting parents (whom the dog names Rex and Cindy) have many unusual customs.

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The candor and personal nature of Rosen's heartrending exploration of sadness, rooted in the death of his son Eddie, are evident from the opening page.

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Michael Rosen was the author of the very, very popular We're Going on a Bear Hunt as well as the critically applauded Michael Rosen's Sad Book.

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