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The Dog Who Found Sorrow: a picturebook

The Dog Who Found Sorrow: a picturebook


Written by Rūta Briede and illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa. Translated from the Latvian by Elīna Brasliņa

“One morning my hometown

was invaded by black clouds –

first there was just one,

but soon I lost count.


The clouds

covered the city

like black smoke –

but this smoke

didn’t just come from chimneys.


It poured out of crooked

drainpipes, rusty tin cans,

punctured footballs – from

anything that was lonely and abandoned.”

An Emma Press Children’s Picture Book

Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 4+; for children aged 7+ to read on their own

Page Count: 40

Publication date: 22 November 2018

Print ISBN: 9781910139547


A beautiful hardback with a glossy dust-jacket and a contrasting matt hardcover inside. The interior pages are printed on thick, slightly-textured paper.

In stock

Rūta Briede

Rūta Briede illustrates books, draws comics, designs puppet shows and teaches at the Art Academy of Latvia. Her first picture book, Queen of Seagulls, earned international recognition and won the International Jānis Baltvilks Prize 2017 for the best debut. Rūta is the artistic director and stage designer for a puppet stage show based on Queen of Seagulls. The Dog Who Found Sorrow is her second book.


The Dog Who Found Sorrow is a beautiful, resonant picture book about sadness and healing, suitable for all ages.

It tells the story of a dog who, waking to find his hometown covered in thick black clouds, goes out in search of the source of sorrow. It’s an intrepid quest, a parable about hope, and a tonic for our sorrowful times. The book is written by Rūta Briede, a leading illustrator and instructor at the Latvian Academy of Arts, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa.

The book is beautifully produced, with a hardcover and dust-jacket.

Additional information

Dimensions 20 × 20 cm


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