by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters, illustrated by Karin Littlewood - £6.99 Hachette Children (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780750280532 | ISBN 10: 0750280530
Their life was full of colour until one day a thief came and took it away. This is a story of despair and hope for families who are touched by the devastating effects of depression.
"This book brings freshness and vibrancy into a world often portrayed as dark and hidden, and it can help take away the feelings of helplessness and fear that can make families feel so alone."The Colour Thief is a story about depression. Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters, it recounts a child's experience of losing his father to depression. As the illness takes hold his father disappears into a world of pain and confusion taking with it the once colourful life they both shared. The boy fears that he is somehow to blame for his father's condition despite reassurances to the contrary. As the father seeks help a mere glint of colour reappears and with it hope that they can be full of colour once again.
(Marjorie Wallace CBE, Hon FRC Psych, Founder of SANE. )
(Price & availability last checked: April 2015)