The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral

The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral


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With gentle humor and quirkiness, this sympathetic book demonstrates how to say goodbye to a beloved pet and give it a proper sendoff.

“[The End of Something Wonderful is] really good. It’s funny and sardonic and it gets to be touching at the end.” —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

Children love their pets very much—and when the animals die, that loss can be hard to process. The End of Something Wonderful helps kids handle their feelings when they’re hurting and can’t find all the right words. In a warm, understanding, sometimes funny way, it guides children as they plan a backyard funeral to say goodbye, from choosing a box and a burial spot to giving a eulogy and wiping away tears. Most of all, it reassures them that it’s not the end of everything . . . and that Something Wonderful can always happen again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454932116
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 287,360
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic's first book, Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, was published in 2012 by Perigee. The End of Something Wonderful is her debut picture book, and her second picture book, Hello, Star, will be released in 2020. She lives in Menlo Park, CA, with her two sons, two cats, and one husband.
George Ermos is an illustrator, maker, and avid reader from England. He works digitally and enjoys indulging in (and illustrating) all things curious and mysterious.

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The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Hannah-Stark-19 5 months ago
This book is just right for any child who suffers loss of a living and loved thing. The text takes on a serious topic but sprinkles it with humor. In addition, it communicates super reassuring messages to kids about how their heart and grief might feel. The pictures are bright and lively and give us multiple funeral narratives to follow as we read. Memorable and witty, it is a must have for classrooms, social workers, and libraries.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A darkly hilarious and deeply heartfelt look at loving... and losing something wonderful.
sshac 6 months ago
This book is a game changer. It handles the topic of death with pathos, honesty, and humor -- and the latter is important. Many kids need levity when something sad happens. This book is also to be admired for its straightforward approach. It appreciates that kids can handle tough topics without having to cloak reality in euphemisms. Many children will benefit from the tone of this stellar work and the discussions that it engenders.
CFederman 7 months ago
This is the only picture book I've found that deals with death (death of a pet specifically, but can easily be expanded upon) in an honest, heartfelt, and humorous way. There are lines that warm my heart and lines that make me laugh out loud. My father died last year and I looked everywhere for the right book to share with my child. The pickings are slim and a lot of the options are religious. I truly wish this had been available at the time. I'm buying this rare gem as soon as it hits the shelves!
SLReynolds 8 months ago
Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic tells it like it is in THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL. No euphemisms, no sugarcoating. It's an irreverent look at life, death, and the practicality of what comes next. It's also full of humor heart, and that's something wonderful in and of itself. George Ermos keeps things wry with his digital illustrations. (The page about choosing a box just about killed me. Pun intended.)
TeresaR 8 months ago
Because everything in life, and death, is made better by a sprinkling of humor (I refuse to watch movies or shows that don’t have at least a little bit of humor), I absolutely love this picture book by Stephanie Lucianovic. Death is a natural cycle of life and we don’t need to be all grim-faced and hush-hush about it. This story provides a great way to introduce the topic to kids without traumatizing them. Parents and educators can use it as a starting point for important conversations about death. After all, a spoonful of humor helps the medicine go down and this book is just what the doctor ordered.