The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness
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|Format:||Paperback, 32 pages|
|Other Information: ||Fully Illustrated|
|Published In: ||Australia, 01 April 2009|
George lives with his grandmother and a big empty space where his mother and father should be. One Friday on his way home from school, George visits the animal shelter. There, in the very last cage, is Jeremy, a sad dog who looks as lost and lonely as George feels. When Jeremy comes home to live with George and his granny, their whole lives change, and they learn that when it comes to love, it's quality not quantity that counts...
About the Author
Born in London in 1942, Colin Thompson has worked as a silk-screen printer, graphic designer, stage manager and BBC documentary maker. Since he started writing and illustrating children's books in 1990, Colin has had more than 40 books published. He has received several awards, including an Aurealis Award for the novel HOW TO LIVE FOREVER and the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 2006 for THE SHORT AND INCREDIBLY HAPPY LIFE OF RILEY. He has been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Astrid Lindgren Award - the most prestigious children's literature prize in the world. Colin lives in Bellingen, Australia. His books with Random House Australia include HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, numerous picture books, THE FLOODS series, and THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPY SADNESS picture book (released 2008).
Award-winning author and illustrator Colin Thompson is well known for his sometimes dark, yet poignant stories about life and the world around us. His characters are often all too real as they grasp with the big issues of the real world in search of a brief glimpse of happiness, to the point where I am not quite sure whether the book is a children's book or would be more appropriately classified as a picture book for adults. Thompson's latest book, however, is more easily placed in the children's book genre- but is not without its deeper undertones. George is a lonely boy who lives with his grandmother. On Friday afternoons after school George stops by the local dog shelter because it is here that his loneliness is mirrored. Until he finds Jeremy and discovers what it feels like to fill the emptiness and bridge the generational distance with his grandmother, as they invite the three-legged dog into their lives. This is a simple story yet emotionally evokes that transition from sadness to happiness, a place so far from emptiness and loneliness. Beautifully told and illustrated with Colin Thompson's distinct style The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness will be enjoyed by readers young and old. Candice Cappe is the manager of the National Library of Australia Bookshop in Canberra
|Publisher: ||Random House Australia|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 25.0 x 0.0 centimeters (0.16 kg)|