The Rough Patch

The Rough Patch

Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their award-winning garden, which grows big and beautiful. One day the unthinkable happens: Evan?s dog dies. Heartbroken, Evan destroys the garden and everything in it. The ground becomes overgrown with prickles and thorns, and Evan embraces the chaos. But beauty grows in the darkest of places, and Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their award-winning garden, which grow...

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Title:The Rough Patch
Author:Brian Lies
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062671278
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

The Rough Patch Reviews

  • Evan
    Aug 31, 2018
    Oh man...the tears! Exquisite picture book depicting the grief that comes from losing a pet. And the fox's name is Evan!! ...
  • Tasha
    Sep 18, 2018
    Evan, a fox, and his dog did everything together from taking rides in the truck to sharing ice cream. What they loved to do most of all was work in Evan?s large garden together. Evan was known for growing large vegetables, competing for the largest pumpkin. But when his dog died, Eva...
  • Christine Turner
    Oct 16, 2018
    A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book about loss and grief, love and hope, and the healing power of friendship; anyone experiencing loss will be swept up by this poignant story. Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their award-winnin...
  • Beth
    Aug 18, 2018
    I had a hard time reading this through all the tears but it's one of the most beautiful and palpable, but ultimately hopeful books about grief I have ever read. ...
  • Diane
    Sep 23, 2018
    Love, love, love this book. In fact, I?m going to use to model how to disrupt your thinking while reading to 4th graders this week. I?m so glad I found it. ?Evan and his dog did everything together.? They are together all the time, but mostly they love to work in Evan?s ga...
  • Kris
    Sep 12, 2018
    I fell in love with this short picture book that celebrates gardening, respects grief and has just delightful pictures. The fox's gardening boot with the holes for his claws just charmed me to tears. ...
  • Jan Polep
    Sep 14, 2018
    Bittersweet picture book for the preschool - 3 crowd about love, loss, and moving on. Evan does everything with his dog and is completely devastated when he dies. He rips up the garden in one of his miserable moments only to find a reason to leave some of his grief behind and discover ...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Sep 15, 2018
    THE ROUGH PATCH, written and illustrated by BRIAN LIES, will undoubtedly be such a book. I'm not alone in feeling this way. It has already garnered rave reviews and three stars. Check out what School Library Journal said (HERE), Kirkus Reviews (HERE), and Publishers' Weekly (HERE). Eac...
  • Jana
    Sep 10, 2018
    The loss of a beloved pet, who really is a member of the family, is never easy - for kids or grownups. This book takes a look at grief and how we deal with it and move on. Evan and his dog were best friends and they did everything together. Evan especially loved gardening with his dog....
  • Missy
    Sep 22, 2018
    Be prepared. The title is The Rough Patch, after all. Lies? story follows a familiar path (?uh oh, wh-wh-what's going to happen to the dog?), but it goes deeper. The emotions are raw, but never maudlin. The illustrations are significant*, telling the story eloquently and rewarding ...
  • Margie
    Aug 15, 2018
    When another being is close enough to share the air you breathe day after day for years, they are a cherished companion. They are a part of who you are. Your days are defined by the experiences you have together. Others identify the two of you as parts of a wonderful whole. When, fo...
  • Brook
    Aug 14, 2018
    Beautiful story about love, loss and finding solace. Stunning art accompanies this important story. ...
  • Amanda Zirn
    Feb 05, 2018
    This is a stunningly beautiful picture book that will touch the heart of anyone who has lost a pet or best friend. If this book were a person, I'd hug it. ...
  • Sandy
    Sep 08, 2018
    Wow, I didn?t expect such emotions from this book. This is one of the those books I wished I would have read the synopsis again before reading, and to think that this came from a children?s book. Great work, Brian Lies, great job! Evan, the fox and his dog did everything togethe...
  • Tj Shay
    Mar 07, 2018
    As another reviewer stated, this book will break your heart and mend it right back up again (Thanks, Aliza) After reading this book to some of my third graders, we had a great conversation about the need for sad picture books. They overwhelming thought there was a great need for books ...
  • Amy Layton
    Aug 19, 2018
    This is a beautiful book about grief and depression, and how trying to make a positive change can help the healing process.  After Evan's dog dies, he feels empty and without a friend.  He destroys his precious garden.  He isolates himself, stays inside all day.  That is, until he ...
  • KC
    Sep 01, 2018
    Oh me oh my. This wonderful book explores the feelings one has when faced with losing someone you love. ...
  • Marsha
    Sep 18, 2018
    This gentle tale of a fox?s fierce love for his dog takes us through the grief process in very believable terms. Why foxes are used to stand in for human beings is puzzling; foxes and dogs are natural enemies. (Maybe that?s the point that I?m missing.) Still, it?s a minor point...
  • Andrew
    Jan 28, 2018
    This is a book I needed even as a 20 year old. I just lost my cat a few weeks ago, and this book was fitting for me. It shows how we act when we are grieving the death of someone we love, and beautiful but sad symbolism at the state of his garden as he goes through it... and that once ...
  • Kim
    Aug 31, 2018
    Such a breathtaking beautifully illustrated book about loss and grief, love and hope, and the healing power of friendship. ...
  • Aliza Werner
    Feb 11, 2018
    This book will break your heart and mend it right back up. With tender illustrations and thoughtful text, this will hit straight to dog lovers' souls. How do we go on when our world stops suddenly? Hope sprouts when we least expect it, but need it most. Expect tears as you read and rea...
  • Lisa Marie
    Sep 27, 2018
    SO TOUCHING. Gorgeous illustrations too. ::sigh:: ...
  • Jillian
    Aug 23, 2018
    Wonderful book with beautiful illustrations. Why does a fox have a dog? Who knows? But it's a great little book about dealing with the loss of a pet. ...
  • Bonnie Lambourn
    Oct 08, 2018
    Warning - do not look at the cover of this book and think, there's another book about a topiary gardener. With at least two others out, it may very well seem that is what to expect, but you make not be prepared at all for the experience you will have with this mindset. You may be disap...
  • Alexandra Calaway
    Oct 11, 2018
    SHELVED AS DON'T READ AT THE DESK BECAUSE YOU'LL CRY. What a great book. Grief is something that should and ultimately must be honored, one way or another. There is no time limit on it. It doesn't matter who you lose or how long you've known and loved them. It doesn't even matter i...
  • Laura G
    Oct 11, 2018
    The author and illustrator both do an excellent job of painting an endearing picture of the relationship between Evan and his dog, as well as the journey of grief. I'll remember this fox and dog! It is sad, yes, but ultimately hopeful. It is curious that someone made the decision to ma...
  • Westminster Library
    Sep 23, 2018
    A large part of childhood is learning to get over the rough patches. kids can be distraught over small things and it is up to us as adults to teach them coping skills and resiliency. This book by Brian Lies is one of those that parents can read and then discuss the emotions that the ma...
  • Castle Spooktacular
    Sep 09, 2018
    Heart Breaking, Heart Warming, and Hopeful all at once <3 ...
  • Bridget Neace
    Oct 04, 2018
    Oh my goodness... I'm not crying, you're crying! Seriously, though...tears. Tears bookended this book for me. The illustrations are quality and engaging. I think this story would be a helpful one to share with someone (of any age) who is dealing with a loss. ...
  • KathKin
    Aug 18, 2018
    WE had to euthanize our sweet 18-year old dog recently, so when I saw that Brian Lies (author of one of my favorite books, Bats in the Library) had written a new book about grief over losing a dog, I had to get it. I cried all the way through it. The text is minimal, but Mr. Lies captu...