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Michael Rosen's Sad Book

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It could help with articulating the difficult thoughts and the many, sometimes, conflicting, emotions that come with grief. 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 . Books that acknowledge or explore mental health issues can help to increase awareness, encourage dialogue, reduce stigma and develop real understanding. They combine perfectly recognisable portraits of Rosen with expressionism, proving that Blake’s seemingly spontaneous style is born out of practice and precision.

From his iconic illustrations of The BFG and Matilda to Mr Stink with birds and beasts of all shapes and sizes along the way, Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator Quentin Blake has been making us smile for more than half a century. He is also the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and in 1990 was voted 'The Illustrator's Illustrator' by Observer Magazine. In my experience it has helped some of my clients to open up difficult conversations about death and loss. The Guardian noted that the book was indeed sad but highly recommended it, saying, " Sad Book doesn't hide the darkness. Both the words and the images articulate strong emotion with admirable economy and convey a sense of the preciousness of life without being sentimental, platitudinous or falsely hopeful.Publishers Weekly praised it for its candour and said that it "will resonate with – and help – anyone mourning a loss or dealing with an indefinable sadness".

The following suggestions offer a spectrum of different perspectives and are well worth seeking out. They combine perfectly recognisable portraits of Rosen with expressionism, proving that Blake's seemingly spontaneous style is born out of practice and precision.He has won many major prizes for illustration, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (1980) and the Red House Children's Book Award (1981) for Mister Magnolia. The book chronicles Rosen's grief over the loss of his son Eddie, who died of meningococcal septicaemia aged 18.

With emotional elegance and nuance, he welcomes and unpicks each layer of mourning and explains why it’s ok to be sad.

He was the Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009 and has published over 200 books for children and adults, including the recent bestseller Many Different Kinds of Love and On The Move. Although it is marketed as a children's book, Rosen explicitly mentions on the inside book jacket that it is for everyone. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

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