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Introducing a remarkable new talent, this story about overcoming sadness and finding the color in life will strike a chord with its inventive illustrations and sweet story.
Deals with a serious theme in an age-appropriate, imaginative and sensitive way.
Feeling Sad is about a little duck that is feeling sad and is trying to find a way to feel better. Black clouds hang over Duck’s head, and she doesn't know quite what to do until a little frog encourages her to take heart. Taking up Frog’s challenge (“No puck, Duck?” he asks), Duck hatches a plan that gives her the feeling that she has the power to change things. With her little toy Cuddly she sets off to find the sun. Will her plan work? Will she find the sun? Or will it find her first?
Verroken makes highly effective use of black and white illustrations, introducing color only slowly, graphically describing the feeling of sadness and how it can lift.
Winner of the International Illustrator’s Award of the City of Hasselit in Belgium
Nominated for the Boekenpauw 2008 (the annual award for the best illustrated Belgian picture book) and by the Kids and Youth Jury of Flanders (the winners of both awards will be announced in 2009)
Winner of the 2008 Plantin Moretus Prize