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20 April 2007


A book for everyone - preview

Oliver Roberton looks at this spiritual side of grief

Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen, Walker Books, 2004 £10
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    It is what it says it is
  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book explores sadness, particularly the sadness felt when someone dies, telling in a very open and personal way its author's experience of losing a child
  • Michael Rosen's son Eddie died of meningococcal septicaemia eight years ago and the book details the different feelings that arise and the ways he has tried to cope with his grief

  • Because it is written in a simple (but not simplistic) way, because it is short, and because it is illustrated (by Quentin Blake, who has worked on many of Rosen's earlier books), it is easy to assume that the Sad Book is a children's book
  • Do not be fooled
  • The blurb accurately describes it as a book for everyone and by writing in a manner which children can understand Rosen makes the book more accessible to all readers
  • It does not over-analyse what is happening and does not try to provide an explanation for everything

  • Oliver Roberton

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