Sad, the dog – a video book review


The Little Bookroom in Carlton is one of those wonderful places that I could stay in all day. It’s cosy and inviting, and filled with children’s books. In the last school holidays, I took Mr 6 there for a story and drawing session with Tull Suwannakit. Tull is the illustrator of Sad, the Dog, written by Sandy Fussell.

Tull read us Sad’s story, and then taught us all – kids and adults – how to draw dogs. So much fun! Some of my dogs looked a little wonky but Mr 6 was very proud of his efforts.

Sad the dog is the story of a neglected dog, who eventually is given a new name because – you guessed it – he is not so sad at the end of the book.

I can’t imagine a small kid who wouldn’t like this story – a gorgeous dog, a lovely and satisfying story, beautiful watercolour illustrations.

Some students from RMIT filmed a short video about Tull. Thank you to Binny Park from RMIT for allowing me to share it. For those of you who know our family, you can find a tiny glimpse of Mr 6 and me in the film. Tull’s words about art offering the ‘freedom to express, to explore’ resonated strongly with me.


You can read a fabulous interview with Sandy Fussell on Nicole Melanson’s blog, Word Mothers.

Author interview – Victoria Carless




What a talent to have and share – your friend Tull and/or Mr 6 are welcome to sketch any of the many furry friends I have enjoyed over the years – lots of photos and slides to inspire.

November 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

Karen Comer

I agree – he is a very talented artist.

November 27, 2015 at 6:44 am


Thank you for a wonderful review Karen.
It’s nice to know that both you and Mr. 6 had a wonderful time at The Little Bookroom.

November 27, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Karen Comer

    Thank you, Tull, we really enjoyed your drawing session and love reading your book at home. Looking forward to your next book!

    November 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

Jeff Doherty

Sad, the Dog is a truly beautiful book. Tull has captured the heart of Sandy’s story and brought it to life in pictures.

November 27, 2015 at 10:57 pm

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