Paul’s Picture Book Recommendations #30: The Rough Patch

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The Rough Patch by Brian Lies tells the story of Evan, a fox, and his dog who live lives of quiet contentment until the dog dies. Evan’s peace turns to malaise then to anger then, finally, when enough space and time have past, to hope.

I love how Brian Lies lets the reader feel Evan’s emotions and experience the loss and the grieving process with him. The book is a wonderful example for writers of showing instead of telling, and a great opportunity for the reader to become part of the story creation process by filling in the gaps that the words and the pictures don’t explicitly state. The Rough Patch is a book for people who have lost or will lose friends or family or pets (that’s all of us).

I recommend The Rough Patch for ages 5 to 9.

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