Michael Rosen's Sad Book
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 s ...more
And then I remember things. My mum in the rain.
Eddie walking along the street, laughing and laughing and laughing.
And then he's sad again. (Both Mum and son, Eddie, have passed on).
My daughters heard the tell-tale sob in my voice as I arrived at this point in the book. They were quiet and waited patient ...more
Many of us read books more than once. We read at different times in our lives. We read books in different ways.
Because of that, we have different opinions of the books we read as time passes.
When I first read this book, I was teaching a children's literature class. In that context, I loved it because it talked about emotions without pandering to kids, without being gooey or ...more
Grief waxes and wanes.
It is a beast of many faces, many forms.
It cowers in the shadows, then tiptoes gently, bearing warm, sad, poignant memories.
Occasionally, it wanders off for two or three days.
Then it pounces, baring its teeth, and drawing blood and tears.
Some days I feel almost “normal”, and others, even three months later, I’m tearful all day. Most of the time, it’s somewhere in between, with a mask to cover the cracks, and spare others from dealing with my pain. ...more
Is it a late night ride that brings back memories of people lost in time? Or is it a familiar drink or a dish that emanates nostalgia? Or is it something more, a constant brooding feeling of dread?
Here, in this short picture book, Michael Rosen writes about sad, about faking emotions and about living with grief and sadness as he walks through life.
He mentions his second son, ...more
Oh boy.......I couldn't help but quote this book overview; it is just so perfectly stated.
"We all have sad stuff - maybe you have some right now, as you read this. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son Eddie, who died. In this book, he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try to cope with it. This is a very personal story that speaks to everyone; whether or not you have k...more
I've read it twice now. I really should own a copy.
Maybe shelve it with Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. ...more
Then a friend died rather suddenly, leaving his wife and an amazing ten-year-old daughter who plans to be a writer, engineer, inventor and cartoonist. But it's not good when your dad dies. It's not good for your mum either, and so I remembered Michael Rosen's Sad Book, which they didn't have.
So I sent for it, to send to them. It's a big book -- a bit taller than A4 and qu ...more
Life is the greatest teacher of all and the best thing it teaches us is how to fake emotions!
This little book represents that thing very intensely. Well, I won’t categorize this book as a children book. Because kids are t ...more
This is a great book on dealing with a loss, and the depression that can follow.
Its one that can help children but also help adults understand their feelings and emotions at such a sad time.
What makes Michael Rosen's Sad Book special, and likely to resonate just as deeply with adults as with children, is the deeply personal way in which Rosen talks about his own sadness after his son's death. His straightforwar ...more
Using this book in the classroom:
Sad book is very different in tone to Rosen's other work, with unusual content for a picture book that is both beautiful and emotional for adult as well as older child readers. Written as a stream of consciousness relating to his own sadness and how he deals with it, it contains many rhetorical questions which make you relive your own experienc ...more
One way to help children with death is to show them nature. There are dead creatures in the forests. Let the child see death in its reality. Never give them fantasies.
Here is a site on helping children wit ...more
Maybe you think I'm being 😊 in the pic. Really I'm being 😢 but pretending being happy.
I'm doing that because I think people won't like me if I look sad ...
Sometimes I am sad and I don't know why, it's just a cloud comes along and covers me up
Sometimes I don't want to talk about it not to anyone ..I just want to think about it on my own. Because it's mine.and no one else's. ...more
The story tells of the sadness that Michael Rosen experiences in his day-to-day life. It explains some of the reasons behind the feelings and emotions, a prominent reason being the death of loved ones. Rosen mentions that it is also OK to be unsure of why you are sad. He then goes on to relate to other people by hig ...more
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information. ...more