from Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by the grand Quentin Blake. I bought this book in 2005 when things were messy…it’s a strange but oddly magnificent book. You don’t feel like you’re reading about melancholy, but instead painful and very intimately experienced grief. This is supposed to be a children’s book (published by Walker, who do many great children’s books and who I did a week’s work experience with as a teenager) but as with many “kids’ books” it really is for everyone.
Anyway, I don’t have my copy with me but I sort of miss it tonight. Even though I’m going home in a couple of days.
Illustration from Shaun Tan’s The Arrival
Shaun Tan, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell, Timothy Basil Ering and Quentin Blake are my favourite illustrators. Absolutely absolutely.