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!! ...
  • Julie
    Dec 27, 2018
    GAHHHHHH!!!!! Heartbreaking and beautiful. ...
  • Becky
    Feb 04, 2019
    First sentence: Evan and his dog did everything together. Premise/plot: Evan and his dog do everything together...until they don't. After Evan's dog dies, Evan enters a ROUGH PATCH. Will Evan ever want to live again? Will Evan ever be happy again? My thoughts: The Rough Patch r...
  • Jamie
    Feb 02, 2019
    What a moving book! Evan the fox's beloved dog dies and sends him into a spiral of grief with healing as the result. Beautifully rich illustrations! Perfect for kids (and kids-at-heart) who love and lose a pet. ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Oct 26, 2018
    Evan and his dog do everything together. They especially love to garden together. Then his dog dies. Evan is sad and angry and lets his garden go. Among the weeds grows a pumpkin and that pumpkin helps Evan toward healing. A story about loss and recovery, with vivid illustrations. ...
  • Bryan
    Jan 17, 2019
    This one's a heart breaker ...
  • 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. ...
  • Chance Lee
    Nov 20, 2018
    Great googly-moogly, this book knocked me on my ass. Beautiful art accompanies a beautiful, mature story of loss, grief, and recovery. I cried at the end. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Beverly
    Oct 22, 2018
    After Evan the fox's dog passes away, his world falls apart. I loved Brian Lies's acrylic, oil, and colored pencil illustrations. They were vivid and almost life-like, and I loved how he made Evan the fox's face so expressive. ...
  • Ina
    Jan 30, 2019
    Evan the fox is an avid gardener and he and his dog have created an extraordinary garden and take great joy in nurturing it. However, when Evan loses his best friend, the grief is almost unbearable. Evan turns the beautiful happy garden into a place to match his emotions "The saddest a...
  • Kifflie
    Dec 20, 2018
    I initially asked, "why is Evan a fox?" but then as I got into this book, it didn't matter. Brian Lies really nails the emotions here -- grief, and anger, and the desire to tear things down after one suffers a huge loss. Also, how one little spot of hope (even disguised with bristles) ...
  • R. G. Nairam
    Jan 30, 2019
    I can't take animals who own animals as pets seriously. ...
  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    Dec 20, 2018
    Oh the feels!!! If I knew how many feels this book would stir up I don?t know if I would have chosen to read it first thing in the morning before starting my day. Yeah, who am I kidding, I probably still would have. It is such a gently told children?s story about a fox whose 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 ...
  • Holly Mueller
    Jan 13, 2019
    Oh, I LOVED this one. A beautiful story. Brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful book to share with children who have lost a pet or loved one and is grieving. Reminds me of one of my favorite picture books, Mo Willems's City Dog, Country Frog. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dawn Rutherford
    Dec 08, 2018
    As someone with an elderly dog, this just gutted me. But it is wonderful. ...
  • KC
    Sep 01, 2018
    Oh me oh my. This wonderful book explores the feelings one has when faced with losing someone you love. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lisa Marie
    Sep 27, 2018
    SO TOUCHING. Gorgeous illustrations too. ::sigh:: ...
  • Heidi Burkhart
    Feb 08, 2019
    A sweet picture book. Perfect for K-2 ...
  • 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...
  • Sarah N
    Feb 03, 2019
    I enjoyed the story in general, but it?s rather weird to have a fox with a pet dog and that really distracted me... ...
  • 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. ...
  • Karen
    Dec 13, 2018
    A lesson in not judging a book by its cover. This book has nothing to do with trimming bushes into different shapes. It could act as a good introduction to (view spoiler)[the death of a pet? (hide spoiler)] ...
  • Starjustin
    Dec 05, 2018
    A beautiful story of love, loss, recovery, and new beginnings. I just loved this children's book and the bright and colorful illustrations. ...
  • Abigail
    Jan 24, 2019
    Evan and his dog did everything together, from listening to music to playing. Most of all, they liked to work in Evan's lovely garden. When his canine companion died, the fox withdrew from all of his usual activities, eventually destroying his garden in his anger at the universe. As we...