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Feeling Sad

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
"Even on a melancholy day, children can discover wonderful surprises that will turn their world around. Verroken skillfully communicates this message in an engaging tale. . . . The spare text underscores the bold images that are created by carved woodblocks and digitally enhanced, providing charming, folk-art-like illustrations. Outstanding."—School Library Journal
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Enchanted Lion Books (first published April 14th 2009)
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Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this book by its amazing cover:
When I saw other people's reviews saying it was more like a children's book for adults, if anything, I thought that added to the draw.

I bought it online and was kind of disappointed that the rest of the artwork didn't feel as carefully made. I could see the ghost edges of a photoshop bucket that didn't have enough trapping set. (or in non-art terms, basically the artwork was sloppily photoshopped) and the color palette was
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week. He liked the duck on the cover.

I found this book troubling. Sadness in toddlers and preschoolers is fine -- it is OK to be sad sometimes, and it is even OK to be sad and to not know why you are sad -- but this book seems to describe Depression, Clinical with-a-capital-D Depression. I sincerely hope no one in the picture book literature crowd is facing that. The odd font choice adds to the feeling that this book is about Depre
Graciela Gonzalez
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is about a duck that is feeling sad and grumpy but doesn't know why. She does know that everything around her is gloomy too. The story starts with the illustration black and white except for toy cuddly that is red. I really didn’t get why the toy was red or why it was the only thing that had color in the beginning of the pages. Maybe it’s because the toy is the only thing she loves and is holding on to. The ducks meets a frog who encourages her to keep going that things will be better… ...more
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I like the art, the active toy named Cuddly, some of the attitude/curiosity, the slow introduction of color as Duck starts feeling better. It's a basic concept, but a good enough one.

Something did seem to fall short for me, and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe too quick or random or something a transition...but then again, is there always an event or comment that makes us feel better, or do we sometimes just gradually start seeing and appreciating the small things again? For a book calle
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a bit abstract for some children. The book starts with black and white images and then gains color as the main character begins to feel more optimistic. I would not use this with very young children.
Susan Le
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I loved the story and the simple message, as it reminded me of the quote "this too shall pass". I honestly was first drawn to the cover illustration and title but very much disappointed with the art within the book - it felt too obviously photoshopped in the cheap kind of way. It needed more care.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
The illustrations are GORGEOUS. Neither the preschoolers nor I loved the text, but it's a nice story.
Sharia A.
Great for children that are depressed or sad. The pictures in this book are not common and draw students in.
Jun 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I picked the book due to the neat illustrations. However, it fails to validate expressing sadness. I much prefer the "It's okay to be sad sometimes" kind of books.
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: feelings
great illustrations! the story falls short and seems like an adult validating their own depression remedy.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A simple story about feeling sad and finding a way to feel better. The illustrator makes excellent use of color to convey changes in mood.
Oct 23, 2009 rated it liked it
books was a bit dark and I just didn't think at the end it was colorful enough...
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