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The Boy Who Didn't Want to Be Sad
by Rob Goldblatt

Category: Fiction / Education
32 pages; ISBN: 1-59147-134-6

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Christine Louise Hohlbaum


The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Be Sad
By Rob Goldblatt
ISBN: 1-59147-134-6
Magination Press, 2004

Rob Goldblatt’s The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Be Sad is just as the story is titled. A little boy’s worst fear is loss of all he loves. In the end, he pushes everything away only to find his biggest fear has come true. Once he realizes he is his own worst enemy, his heart is filled with gratitude for the things he once scorned.

The illustrations, also by Goldblatt, accurately depict the fear and sadness of a little boy whose world turns upside by his own making. The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Be Sad is a well-written story about the human condition, no matter what age the person is. The lesson learned is simple: stay, don’t run and hide from your feelings. I recommend this reading for the target age group 6- 12.

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, American author of Diary of a Mother (2003), SAHM I Am (2005), and “American Housewife Abroad” at, lives with her husband and two children near Munich, Germany. Visit her Web site at: .


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