Blurb: Sadness comes to visit unexpectedly. But when you let Sadness in, you’ll discover this strange guest is not what it seems…
Title: When Sadness Comes to Call
Author: Eva Eland
Illustrator: Eva Eland
Publisher: Andersen Press
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
This picture book tells the story of how it’s ok to feel sad sometimes and that there are lots of things that you can do to make yourself feel a little better.
The main thing that I like about this book is that it shows children that not feeling happy 100% of the time is ok, it’s normal and it doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you. I liked the characterisation of Sadness, making it something seperate to the child and showing that just because you may feel sad sometimes, it’s not an inherent part of you. Also, the message that it’s ok to feel sad is a positive one and the offer of working with your sadness shows that it’s only temporary.
As for what I disliked about this book, I felt that it was short and didn’t really have much of a story. Despite the positive message, I felt that there could have been more suggestions about what to do when you feel sad, more than just drawing or going outside, even though those things might help. Additionally, I think it would have added to the ending if the illustrations became more colourful to show that you can still be happy.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to parents of children who feel a bit down or are going through a difficult time. I’ve seen a lot of picture books that explain loss, grief and feelings in a way that children can understand and this is a good addition.
Have you read this book? Have you read anything similar? What did you think? 📚