An ode to finding the one who brings out the best in you—and makes you feel as special as you are.
A clever little dog christens himself “Sad” when his humans fail to give him a name. Although they feed him and wash him, they don’t appreciate his many gifts, like his love of singing (“stop that yapping!”). When the people move away and leave Sad behind, Sad is heartbroken. But then a new family with a young boy arrives at Sad’s house in a big truck. Although Sad is initially frightened, it soon becomes clear that the boy is just the right person to make a dog’s life complete with playtime, treats, and a brand-new name: Lucky. Welcoming illustrations illuminate this joyful tale, which reminds young readers to appreciate themselves and the ones—human or otherwise—who depend on them.
About the Author
Sandy Fussell is the author of the award-winning Samurai Kids series, illustrated by Rhian Nest James. Sandy Fussell lives in Australia with her family.
Tull Suwannakit is originally from Thailand but now lives in Australia. Sad, the Dog is his first book with Candlewick Press.
The watercolor pictures are done in soft colors and whimsical line...Younger children may also relate to Sad the dog's being yelled at for activities that are perfectly natural to him.
The layout is balanced, and the book will be easy to use in a storytime setting. A sweet, sentimental story and a pleasing supplemental purchase.
—School Library Journal
This picture book from Australia is a vivid reminder of how much animals learn from humans as well as what humans can learn from animals. Sad is, indeed, very Lucky once the right person befriends him. Those animal “owners” who behave irresponsibly, never allowing their dogs to play or even deserting them need to read this book as a reminder that animals matter and have feelings.
A satisfying story.
—The New York Times