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I’m Sad

A girl, a potato, and a very sad flamingo star in this charming sequel to I’m Bored by New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black and celebrated illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Everyone feels sad sometimes—even flamingos.


When Flamingo announces he’s feeling down, the little girl and Potato try to cheer him up, but nothing seems to work. Not even dirt! (Which usually works for Potato.)

Flamingo learns that he will not always feel this way. And his friends learn that sometimes being a friend means you don’t have to cheer someone up. You just have to stick by your pal no matter how they feel.

Even if they’re a potato.

Author: Michael Ian Black
Illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
For ages: 3-8 | June/2018
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN-10: 1481476270
ISBN-13: 978-1481476270

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Press & Honors

  • Land of Enchantment RoadRunner Award Nominee (NM)
    • “Bibliotherapy done right.” Kirkus Reviews

      “A lighthearted approach to a common tough topic.” – School Library Journal

      “In I’m Sad, the funny and tender-hearted follow-up to 2012’s I’m Bored, a girl, a potato and a flamingo learn that sometimes, the only way to cope with negative feelings is by giving yourself the time and space to fully feel them.” – The Globe & Mail

      “…I’M SAD is a bubbling Socratic dialogue on overcoming the blues.” – Quill & Quire

      “It’s important to let children know that life isn’t so bad and things will get better, but it’s equally important to make sure they know that it’s okay not to be happy ALL of the time. I’m Sad is a funny and surprisingly sweet examination of those days when you wake up and just aren’t at your most cheerful. Sometimes you’re just sad and that’s okay—it’s even a little nice.” – Looking For a Good Book, June 2017

      “Even if friends can make you laugh and feel a little better, sometimes it’s ok to just feel sad. Pairs well with I’M BORED by the same author/illustrator.” Ditching Dewey, “10 Books To Help Foster Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, And Kindess In Your Classroom.”

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