We loved it! Actually *I* loved it. Mark was impressed, and I *know* he would have loved the children’s book reading if the NFL wasn’t announcing draft picks at the same time. (BTW, IF you haven’t already heard, Fargo’s NDSU Carson Wentz was the NFL’s SECOND pick.)
The book Death is Stupid AND even the title which uses the word, “stupid” (a no-n0 for a lot of kids) turned out to be wonderful.
The author, Anastasia Higginbotham, and her own illustrations of collage, said, “I challenged myself to only use what I had in my house,” and she ROCKED (that’s a compliment) her illustrations, and I don’t always like collages. At the same time, I was glad I heard more about the canned-whip cream illustration! So fun!
The publisher Jennifer Baumgardner, who was present and an emcee, has Fargo ties. Plus I ate free food, her sister’s, Andrea Baumgardner of BernBaum’s of Fargo. Can I rave more?
Yes I can, and since this is my space, I will. Yes, Death is Stupid is a children’s book. And I’m passionate about children’s books. Yes, Andrea’s food is of my favorite and I really didn’t know she or her food would be there.
Genre and food aside, the topic of the book is death. I’m all too familiar with the wonderful resources that are out there, including the multitude of children’s books on the subject of grieving. I am in Hospice care after all, and Mark and I have a four-year-old. We want to be prepared as best we can, and provide her what we can provide on this often-confusing journey of life, whether her mom is around or not.
At the same time, Death is Stupid fills a children’s book void that I thought I truly wondered how to fill. Being real, while still a work of fiction. Being healthy in the process of life. Living on earth when your loved one is gone. Calling death what it is, stupid (death is stupid, isn’t it?), and providing that word when well-intentioned adults say the only comforting words they’ve ever been heard, certainly words they were told when they were younger.
The down side of Death is Stupid? Obviously I’m now a fan of this book of a topic that is negatively referred to often in my life. Though I am now a fan, a person need not adore collage to appreciate the text and pictures–the illustrations are vibrant, full of color and have the appearance of texture!
If someone is seeking a non-fiction text for children–Death is Stupid is NOT for you. There are plenty out there, though. Take it from someone who knows.
If someone is seeking a reverent token of life for someone who has died in their life or the life of a child, Death is Stupid is a blessing, appropriate and honors a person, while at the same time uses what some might consider an inappropriate word of a child– the word, “stupid”. There are plenty of traditional books on grief out there, though. Again, take it from someone who has read through MANY.
Mark and I ended up purchasing Death is Stupid for our 4-year-old, but we also bought Death is Stupid for ourselves, and Death is Stupid brought good tears to my eyes. Death is Stupid is that special. I didn’t plan on purchasing Death is Stupid. But after Anastasia Higginbotham’s reading, Death is Stupid was a must-have for my own personal, selective library, as well as our daughter’s.