Children’s books sometimes deal with sad topics as a way to introduce kids to the inevitable hardships and low points of life. The interesting thing is that when adults read these books, they understand and grasp the reality of the plot far more deeply than children do. As a result, these books written for children have the power to turn grown adults into sobbing messes.
This book follows the adventures of Simba, a young lion, as he grows to maturity, matches wits with the evil Scar, finds courage, and discovers true love. It touched the hearts of many readers world wide including adults.
In 1999, Michael Rosen’s 18-year-old son Eddie died of meningitis. In 2004, he published Sad Book, which is about his experiences dealing with his grief. This is the opening page:
This is me being sad. Maybe you think I’m being happy in this picture. Really, I’m being sad but pretending I’m happy. I’m doing that because I think people won’t Like me if I’m being sad.
The illustrations by Quentin Blake give the book a washed-out feeling of loss that is hard to put into words but captured brilliantly in pictures.
Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.
What do you do without your best friend? Jamie isn’t afraid of anything. Always ready to get into trouble, then right back out of it, he’s a fun and exasperating best friend. But when something terrible happens to Jamie, his best friend has to face the tragedy alone. Without Jamie, there are so many impossible questions to answer — how can your best friend be gone forever? How can some things, like playing games in the sun or the taste of the blackberries that Jamie loved, go on without him?
When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.