Sad, the dog by Sandy Fussell
Published by Walker Books Australia
A true testament to never giving up hope.
Sad, the dog, was an unwanted gift to Mr and Mrs Chipps. This ageing insufferable couple fed him, bathed him, bellowed and boomed at him. They didn’t appreciate his unique personality or care enough to gift him a name.
Sad by name, Sad by nature.
Sad was special, he was clever. He could sing wonderful songs. Unfortunately, all Mr Cripps could hear was yapping. Sad could draw beautiful pictures, which was actually digging up Mrs Cripps colourful flower garden, and he could read stories. Not the way you or I would read stories but the dog way. His antics made Mr and Mrs Chipps very angry.
Sad was too sad to try and continue to please his owners.
When Mr and Mrs Chipps packed up everything in the house and moved, they did not pack Sad.
There was no-one to yell at him and no-one to hollower at him. Sad was broken.
When a big truck arrives at the house, Sad is frightened and confused.
A young boys patience soon wins Sad over and the pair find love and companionship doing all the things that make Sad unique.
Digging for treasure, sailing on pirate ships, chasing paper planes in the sunshine and being a part of a family were everyday things but all Sad needed to feel special.
Tull Suwannakit's earth-toned illustrations and use of space add to this beautiful story told by Sandy Fussell. Jack's beaming face lights up the book in stark contrast to the angry faces of Sad's previous owners.
Best of all Sad no longer felt sad, he knew he was Lucky.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Sandy Fussell
Illustrator: Tull Suwannakit
Title: Sad, the dog
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: October 2015