Thursday 2 January 2020

The End of Something Wonderful Book Review

Starting 2020 with a book review.

I don't think I could have started with anything else now could I. 

My first review of the year is for the book The End of Something Wonderful by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic.


Once you had something wonderful. A precious pet, maybe a guinea pig or a fish or even a pill bug. But now that something wonderful has become something dead.

What do you do?

How do you plan a funeral to say goodbye?

And should you ever bury something dead in a litter box?

Now you might be reading the title and thinking, well this is a little depressing for the new year but bare with me and you'll see just why I chose this as my first story to showcase.

This is a book all about losing a pet.

How you might cope.

It begins with that initial loss and follows with clear, concise (and sometimes funny) instructions on just what to do there after.

When your something wonderful becomes something dead, having a backyard funeral helps...

Not your typical children's story.


Entertaining illustrations really add to the tale, keeping it informative but also light-hearted.

Although the subject matter is a sad one, your child/ren won't finish this book with tears running down their faces.

We can always begin something wonderful again!

The End pf Something Wonderful is a book that gently affords children with the tools on how to handle a loss.

It is practical yet wonderfully hilarious.

With discussion on burials, the sort of chat that comes alongside these moments and thoughts on the emotions that are inevitable.

All of which are allowing young ones to see death as something more than just an upsetting occasion.

What I felt when reading this book was positivity and love.

Truly something wonderful.


  1. This sounds like an unusual subject for a picture book but also very relevant for a small child, losing a pet can be devastating. It's great that you felt positive by the end of reading it :o)


  2. What a great way to handle the loss of a beloved pet. Sounds like a great book for children with pets.

  3. Having had to come to terms with my mum's death this year, I think it is good to introduce young children to the topic of losing pets. Hopefully there is a similar book to help them cope with the loss of a relative


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