A quick glance at the cover indicates that this is another story book for kids – perhaps one of many lining bookshop shelves. A closer look will reveal that all is not what it seems – the mother’s expression on the cover seems out of place in a child’s world of happy tales. Besides the bold title on the front cover, nothing else tells you what the story is about. Turn the cover and you will find, beneath the innocent illustration a touching story dealing with a very serious and complex issue – about how a little child copes with his mother’s depression. Whilst author Sabrinah wrote this book for a very special boy and his mother, she hopes that other children who read this book will appreciate how the love between a parent and child remains ever constant, even in their darkest days, and more importantly, how this filial bond can help victims of depression overcome their condition.
About the writers
Sabrinah Morad left legal practice to devote herself to raising her children. Now that they are grown up, she has turned her attention to supporting causes which appeal to her. She introduced the Depressed Cake Shop to Malaysia and started The Depressed Supper Club to raise awareness and de-stigmatise depression. It is a cause close to her heart because she has family members who are coping with the illness.
Wen Dee Tan worked as an IT consultant for over 10 years before she resigned from her job to return to her first love: art. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art, UK. Her debut picture book Lili was published in 2015. It has since been awarded first place in the Sharjah Children’s Book Illustration exhibition in 2015, longlisted in the Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Award 2016, and shortlisted in the Klaus Flugge Prize 2016. Wen Dee loves to draw and believes good stories are those that appeal to all ages.