• Becca McCulloch

Review: Brad was Sad

Brad was Sad

Did Brad's dad make him sad? Brad thought he had...until his dog, Plaid, proved he could choose his outlook & feel glad.

Kids learn best through stories. Empower your child to own their feelings with this beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author, M.C. Goldrick.

Brad's dog Plaid shows him how to feel and deal with emotions. Though Brad is having a bad day, Plaid shows him that it's in his power to choose his perspective and his feelings.


This was an adorable little book that my children and I enjoyed reading together. The illustrations are lovely - my children particularly identified with the dog, Plaid. The rhyming made for relatively easy reading (though some words are pretty technical and above reading level) for my early elementary age children. The story uses the common experience of getting in trouble to show that feelings are okay, but ultimately we all decide how long we choose to live in an emotion.

I was cautious about using this book with my foster daughter since she was often told to ignore her emotions and allow abuse to continue. However, she asked to read the book and liked it. We talked about how you can tell when it's time to "make the best of things" versus when you should tell an adult that something bad is happening. In the end, I thought the book helped to facilitate a necessary conversation.

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brad-was-Sad-intelligence-storybook-ebook/dp/B07XGMX8FZ

US - https://www.amazon.com/Brad-was-Sad-intelligence-storybook-ebook/dp/B07XGMX8FZ

About the Author

Award-winning author & mother of two, M.C. Goldrick sees feelings as our first language. Through her books she helps us identify and own our emotions. Her acclaimed Juvenile fiction series TIMEFLIES is an example of how stories can both enrich and entertain. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her family.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Alexander, mother of two now-grown-up boys, is an accomplished artist with a private gallery. Her work has been featured on Canada Post Christmas Cards & stamps. She lives in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

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