Death Is Stupid

Death Is Stupid

Book - 2016
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"This exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger and confusion that a child feels around death while offering possibilities for celebrating life and love. This is the second book in the series, Ordinary Terrible Things, following the first installation, Divorce is the Worst"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2016
ISBN: 9781558619258
Branch Call Number: CJ 155.937083 H5351D 2016
Characteristics: 64 pages ; 23 cm


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May 11, 2017

This book is AMAZING!

nmaryann Dec 08, 2016

Higginbotham shares an honest and sensitive story of a young boy who has lost his grandmother, including his advice to readers on how to cope with the loss of someone special (person or pet).

This book also includes an incredible resource section of activities and ways to remember a loved one when they have died. Some of the boy's suggestions include: read what they read, make what they made, and treasure what was dear to them.

Books for kids about grief are pretty hit or miss. They're usually a little too didactic or too clinical or too abstract. Death is Stupid, however, is none of those things. Title aside (which is a cute reference to the text but cheapens the book a bit without that context, I think), this is a wonderful book to read with a child who is experiencing loss. This book dispels a lot of ideas about death and grief that are sometimes forced upon children by well-meaning adults in order to lessen the blow (i.e. grief looks a certain way or parents shouldn't also grieve or "it's like sleeping" etc.) This is done in a very kind, gentle, and relatable way. This book does a great job of embracing the unknown that comes with death (rather than try to explain it away) and it offers some concrete ideas to express grief over a loved one's passing. The book itself is beautiful - the text is hand written and the images have a unique collage style. While looking for books about death and grief isn't something most people want to do ever, it's comforting to know that, when the need arises, books like this one exist.

Apr 29, 2016

Excellent and easy read for both children and the adults caring for them. Grief is illustrated in a way children can relate. Practical suggestions to help a child with grief. Good conversation starters an alert adult can tap into to get a child talking. It has a scrapbook feel interior that should engage children. Highly recommend even if you are not currently in a grief situation. For one day, you or someone you love will face grief.


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