The End of Something Wonderful

A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral

By Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic (Author), George Ermos (Illustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


The End of Something Wonderful

A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral

by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, George Ermos



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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.

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.

“[It] is GREAT! And I'm not saying this because she's a fan of the show; it just helps. But I'm not a polite human. If I don't like someone's book, I might mention it on the show but I wouldn't actually say it was any good . . . This is actually really good. It's funny and sardonic and it gets to be touching at the end.” —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

“Would have been very helpful when I was a kid. . . . [a] unique picture book.” —Mr. Schu, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic

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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.

Pub Date: 9/10/2019

ISBN: 9781454932116

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 32 pages, all in color

Trim: 8.5 x 11 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 5 to 8

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Carton Quantity: 30