When Sadness is at your door

I'm so pleased that @randomhousekids is the publisher of the American co-edition of my book. I've got many questions from people about this one. As you can see the title is “When Sadness is at your door” and the cover is also a little bit different. It also has a dust jacket, with a little bio and photo of me (made by my talented friend @signe_fotar , check out her profile for some beautiful landscape photography) . I don't think this is very uncommon, for books to change cover in different countries? The USA is a different market after all.I can assure you however, the insides of this book are exactly the same. For those that wonder and have asked me about it before. From what I gather, the book is well received in the USA and if you want you can read some of the reviews, of which I put some links on one page on my website (link in bio). Seeing them all together, which isn't even counting all those mentions on social media, is quite overwhelming and I can hardly believe I made this book that people write about. I'm just pretending I find this all very normal and try to go along with it... #evaeland @andersenpress #whensadnesscomestocall @randomhousekids #whensadnessisatyourdoor #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth #letstalkaboutsadness #smallactsofselfcare #consolationandcomfort #repost @randomhousekids・・・We have seen such an incredible response to this sweet picture book. We know that talking to your kids about feelings, especially sadness, is NOT easy. In this book, author and illustrator Eva Eland gives sadness a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify sadness and distinguish it from ourselves. Shop our #linkinbio for the must-have read.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#WhenSadnessIsAtYourDoor #EvaEland #Books #Bookstagram #PictureBooks #EmotionalLiteracy #Reading #ChildrensIllustrations.📸 @book.nerd.mommy

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I’m so pleased that @randomhousekids is the publisher of the American co-edition of my book. I’ve got many questions from people about this one. As you can see the title is “When Sadness is at your door” and the cover is also a little bit different. It also has a dust jacket, with a little bio and photo of me (made by my talented friend @signe_fotar , check out her profile for some beautiful landscape photography) . I don’t think this is very uncommon, for books to change cover in different countries? The USA is a different market after all.
I can assure you, however, the insides of this book are exactly the same. For those that wonder and have asked me about it before.
From what I gather, the book is well received in the USA and if you want you can read some of the reviews, of which I put some links on one page on my website (link in bio). Seeing them all together, which isn’t even counting all those mentions on social media, is quite overwhelming and I can hardly believe I made this book that people write about. I’m just pretending I find this all very normal and try to go along with it…

#evaeland @andersenpress #whensadnesscomestocall @randomhousekids #whensadnessisatyourdoor #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth #letstalkaboutsadness #smallactsofselfcare #consolationandcomfort #repost @randomhousekids・・・We have seen such an incredible response to this sweet picture book. We know that talking to your kids about feelings, especially sadness, is NOT easy. In this book, author and illustrator Eva Eland gives sadness a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify sadness and distinguish it from ourselves. Shop our #linkinbio for the must-have read.

#WhenSadnessIsAtYourDoor #EvaEland #Books #Bookstagram #PictureBooks #EmotionalLiteracy #Reading #ChildrensIllustrations.📸 @book.nerd.mommy

 

Tristezza non mi fai paura!

We had to cancel our trip to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna last minute. “Sometimes Disappointment arrives unexpectedly”. It’s a small consolation to know that the Italian edition of my book, published by #nordsudedizioni, has been spotted in the bookstore by my dear friends @artsofsong and @margaretsturton, who are hopefully eating lots of gelato on my behalf. Also, I know my work is in good hands with the wonderful people from @andersenpress who will be working very hard this week at the fair. I wish everyone at the fair a good time this week! #repost @lamicofritzofficine・・・Non tutta la tristezza viene per nuocere, ci sono giorni in cui arriva senza nessuno preavviso, ma non ha cattive intenzioni, vuole solo essere accettata. Allora bisogna accoglierla, ascoltare in silenzio ciò che vuole dire e invece di respingerla possiamo provare ad abbracciarla, senza paura. Magari ha bisogno solo di dormire con un amico vicino. “Quando ti sveglierai, non preoccuparti se sarà andata via. È un nuovo giorno per lei e anche per te.” Un libro che arriva come una carezza: gentile, delicato e caldo. Ci insegna a non avere paura delle nostre emozioni, ma ci sprona a riconoscerle e a essere capaci di accettarle. Bello. #tristezzanonmifaipaura #evaeland #marinellabarigazzi #nordsudedizioni #whensadnesscomestocall #book #bookforkids #instabook #bookstagram #libribelli #cipiace #albiillustrati #illustration #kids #emozioni #emotions
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We had to cancel our trip to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna last minute. “Sometimes Disappointment arrives unexpectedly”. It’s a small consolation to know that the Italian edition of my book, published by #nordsudedizioni, has been spotted in the bookstore by my dear friends @artsofsong and @margaretsturton, who are hopefully eating lots of gelato on my behalf. Also, I know my work is in good hands with the wonderful people from @andersenpress who will be working very hard this week at the fair. I wish everyone at the fair a good time this week!

 

#repost @lamicofritzofficine・・・Non tutta la tristezza viene per nuocere, ci sono giorni in cui arriva senza nessuno preavviso, ma non ha cattive intenzioni, vuole solo essere accettata. Allora bisogna accoglierla, ascoltare in silenzio ciò che vuole dire e  invece di respingerla possiamo provare ad abbracciarla, senza paura. Magari ha bisogno solo di dormire con un amico vicino. “Quando ti sveglierai, non preoccuparti se sarà andata via. È un nuovo giorno per lei e anche per te.” Un libro che arriva come una carezza: gentile, delicato e caldo. Ci insegna a non avere paura delle nostre emozioni, ma  ci sprona a riconoscerle e a essere capaci di accettarle. Bello. #tristezzanonmifaipaura #evaeland #marinellabarigazzi #nordsudedizioni #whensadnesscomestocall #book #bookforkids #instabook #bookstagram #libribelli #cipiace #albiillustrati #illustration #kids #emozioni #emotions

Risography

For those of you who wonder about how I made the artwork for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, I’m reposting something I posted a while back over @pictureaday_artists. If you like picture books and art, do check out this account, as an international artist takes over each week. This week it’s @phoebe.swan with her lovely, bold artwork. She just published her debut book as well, with a very important message. #repost @pictureaday_artists・・・Where all the magic happens. The risograph machine looks like an ordinary copy machine but it uses a similar principle as screen printing, where ink is pushed through little holes. But it’s a lot quicker and cleaner, once you have figured out how to prepare your layers and which settings you want to use. On the wall the very blue image in the middle is mine and the one with the chair and ladder (swipe for a close up). You might also recognise work made by @melissa.castrillon, @hwillustrator and @signeit. I don’t know who made the other prints . If you do, let me know in a comment below and I’ll include their names in this post. (I do know the top one in the left now, it’s by @doodleyboo and hanging upside down apparently)Layers for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (published by @andersenpress) have been made with the risograph machine, but as colours are so limited, we chose to select our own colours and have them printed in exact Pantone colours (rather than the usual CMYK). I love this extra care that went into the production of the book, it’s details like this that can make a big difference. #risography #printmaking @cambridgeschoolofart @csacbi #printmakingstudio #evaeland #whensadnesscomestocall
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Where all the magic happens. The risograph machine looks like an ordinary copy machine but it uses a similar principle as screen printing, where ink is pushed through little holes. But it’s a lot quicker and cleaner, once you have figured out how to prepare your layers and which settings you want to use.
On the wall the very blue image in the middle is mine and the one with the chair and ladder (swipe for a close up). You might also recognise work made by @melissa.castrillon, @hwillustrator@doodleyboo  and @signeit.
Layers for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (published by @andersenpress) have been made with the risograph machine, but as colours are so limited, we (art director Beccy Garrill, editor Libby Hamilton and me) chose to select our own colours and have them printed in exact Pantone colours (rather than the usual CMYK). I love this extra care that went into the production of the book, it’s details like this that can make a big difference.

Libraries

Lovely @sarahturpinillustrator found my book in the library. I love libraries. I have the most fond memories of visiting my local library as a child. I always took as many books as I could on my card. I even pretend played ‘library’ with my friend in my spare time. There have been points in my life where I have questioned why I would keep carrying books from A to B, if I didn’t even manage to read half of them. I also remember calculating as a child how many pieces of my favourite candy I could’ve bought with the fines I accumulated over time. I don’t think as a child I was really aware of how much reading enriched my life - and that actually, growing up without a TV the first 11 years of my life gave me so much more than what I missed out on. I really believed it was important to know your Sesamstreet and whatever else they all watched. #whensadnesscomestocall @andersenpress #evaeland #library #repost @sarahturpinillustrator・・・Well look what I just found in my library @evaeland
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Lovely @sarahturpinillustrator found my book in the library.
I love libraries. I have the fondest memories of visiting my local library as a child. I always took as many books as I could on my card. I even pretend played ‘library’ with my friend in my spare time (I’m old enough now not to care about how uncool that sounds).
There have been points in my life where I have questioned why I would keep carrying books from A to B, if I didn’t even manage to read half of them. I also remember calculating as a child how many pieces of my favourite candy I could’ve bought with the fines I accumulated over time.
I don’t think I was really aware as a child of how much reading enriched my life – and that actually, growing up without a TV the first 11 years of my life gave me so much more than what I missed out on. Though at the time, I really did believe it was important to know your Sesamstreet and whatever else they all watched.

Picture Book Club and cake

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Look, it’s a happy Sadness cake that @fionawritesbooks made for the Picture Book Club in @waterstonesreading!
Thanks for all those who attended. It was lovely meeting you all, and a special thanks to Fiona for organising it and making this sweet Sadness cake.
Among other things, we talked a bit about how I worked on this book before I started developing it further with @andersenpress to the picture book ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ it became, and how my own understanding of dealing with emotions like sadness evolved along the way. I’ve learned so much from working on this book and I keep learning from it through the conversations I’m having with people. It’s quite a wonderful thing and has been a special journey so far.

Als Verdriet op bezoek komt

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The Dutch translation of my book ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ is very special to me. As Dutch is my native language I translated it myself, together with the editor from Leopold, who understands the book very well. I grew up with many of the books published by Leopold, so you can imagine when I heard it would be published by them, I was over the moon.

This is a repost from @dekinderboekwinkel in Amsterdam. You should check out all their other Book Face Friday posts, they’re so much fun!

Üzüntü Kapını Çaldığında

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As promised I’ll share more co-editions. This is such a lovely image, I’m not even going to try and take a photo myself of the Turkish edition of the book, published by @marticocukkitaplari. Thanks so much, @azraandmom for this post! Go check out their account to see more adorable pictures of Azra reading the book.

Lately, I’ve been wondering about how in different cultures we might deal with emotions differently. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? I know it’s a tricky question because comparing cultures quickly leads to generalisations that are never nuanced enough, but it’s fascinating to me and I’d like to get a better understanding.

This is a translation from #WhenSadnessComesToCall, published by @andersenpress.
#repost @azraandmom

Gebrauchsanweisung gegen Traurigkeit

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It’s about time I start sharing some of the co-editions here on my feed as well – and as tomorrow is the day that the German translation ‘Gebrauchsanweisung gegen Traurigkeit’ will be released with @hanser.hey, I thought I’d start with this photo they sent me, with a cacao sachet that customers will get in the bookshops.
I really love how this edition is printed smaller, to make it look even more like a user manual, which used to be the title I thought of first for this book. It’s so cute!

What are you doing this beautiful sunny Sunday? I’m going to move soon so I’m using it as an excuse to declutter @konmari.co style and am trying to focus on what sparks joy in my life. Consider it an early spring cleaning – so I can make more space for things that matter and creativity. If I had more pages in the book it could’ve easily be one of the things to do with Sadness (though children might not relate to that so much 🤔).

For those that only just started following me, this is a translation of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, my debut picture book, published with @andersenpress.

My own book in the bookshop

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Of course I had to see my own book in the bookshop for myself and what a lovely thing to find it prominently displayed in both book shops where I live, @childrenheffers and @waterstonescambridge. If you love books and buy them, buy them in an actual bookshop whenever you can! They are the most wonderful places in the world (in my opinion), and there is nothing like accidentally stumbling upon the perfect book that you didn’t realise you needed in your life until you found it. #ilovebooks and #ilovebookshops

Can you let me know when you spot ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ in the wild?
Published by @andersenpress.

Also, you can already find the Dutch, Turkish and Spanish editions, and others will follow soon! I will share the covers of the translations soon as well.