Wow, this was a great book, perfect for children who have a parent, or someone in the family, who is dealing with depression. This book does a great job on showing the signs, and also shows what one can do about it, or how one can help.
It was done through a dog > owner, which I found well done, maybe Kid > Parent would have worked too, but I am not sure if it would have had the same impact as this one did.
The book starts off normally, with Celeste telling us about her life, about her great owner Rupert, and how happy she is. But then things start to change, and Celeste is worried. Suddenly her owner isn’t so happy, he acts Different (as Celeste tell us). Celeste is worried sick about him, she tries her best to cheer up her human, tries to help him out, but you can imagine how that is working out. Not so well.
I was really sad for Celeste and Rupert. Celeste for just not understanding what was going on, and also for feeling like she will not get her human back, and also for feeling guilty.
But then there is help (though I was wondering how that person knew what Celeste was saying, does she speak Dog?), and then Celeste is explained on the hows and whats (which I found really well said). What happens after that? Well you will have to read the book.
I loved the art for the book, you can clearly see a difference between when Rupert was happy, and when he is sad. The colours are more mute, they are greyer when he is sad, but more colourful, more upbeat when he is happy. I also loved the parts where we had a background and then Celeste/Rupert taped/glued on it (you can still see the lines and such, so I am guessing that is it).
The book also ends with a guide for parents, carers and professionals, which I think was a really great add to the book.
All in all, this is one book I would recommend!