What does a dog need to feel loved and cared for? Sad, the Dog is now in paperback!
Mr and Mrs Cripps feed their dog, wash him, and even clean inside his ears. But they don’t give him a name. So the dog names himself – SAD. What will it take to make SAD, the dog, happy?
A true testament to never giving up hope… Tull Suwannakit’s earth-toned illustrations and use of space add to this beautiful story told by Sandy Fussell.
Creative Kids Tales
The watercolor illustrations nicely capture the expressions of the characters in the story—from Sad’s dejection to the Crippses’ squinty-eyed crabbiness to Jack’s delight at meeting his new friend.
A beautifully illustrated book about a boy and an unwanted dog, who become firm friends.
ABC Radio Central West NSW
Sad, the Dog is a lovely story that invites children to talk about belonging and how we can ensure that our pets (and family, and friends) feel loved and included.
Kids' Book Review
Sad, the Dog is a children’s picture book that stays with us long after we’ve read it.
The Book Chook
The story is told in clear, simple words that are wonderful for reading aloud, especially by a parent to a child; the watercolour illustrations perfectly match the tone of the story.
Writing for Children
I love this intimation and heart-warming message that permeates throughout this picture book, and is captured so beautifully by Suwannakit’s glorious watercolour illustrations. Highly recommended.
Paired with illustrator Tull Suwannakit, ‘Sad, the Dog’ is a multi-layered text of great beauty and gentle wisdom.
Children's Books Daily
This hard back edition, by the award winning Australian children’s author Sandy Fussell, will be a story that is treasured by many children, whether it read by individuals or shared.
This is a gem of a book for children of 3-8 years.
The beautiful, realistic illustrations capture the emotion and complement the thought-provoking text.
Otago Daily Times
This is a treat simply as a great story well told and illustrated, but a boon for teachers and parents wanting to discuss the care of a pet. Highly recommended.
Sad, the dog is a wonderful story to share with children and reinforce the responsibilities of being a pet owner. It will be a great book to read with your children as well as a good book for the classroom.
The little dog felt unhappy. And in his heart, he whispered a name. Sad.’’ By this point the reader feels the same — but kindness and hope are on the horizon.
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Oh Creative Day
Paired with absolutely perfect illustrations, this is a gorgeous book for kids and grown-ups alike, and delivers an important message with regards to animals as gifts, just in time for Christmas.
100% Rock Magazine
Expressive watercolour pictures capture the mood of the story.
Sad, the Dog is a lovely story, sensitively told, beautifully illustrated about a dog and his family, and the power of love.