Go Away, Shawn!

Children - Picture Book
48 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2019
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Author Biography

Author Dawn Doig, M.Sc., M.Ed, is the author of 15 children’s picture books on a variety of topics including childhood hearing loss, bullying and forgiveness, dysgraphia, learning English as an additional language, and positive self-image. Some of her books are just plain silly and prone to giggles. She has been blessed with two extremely rewarding careers working with children as an audiologist and as an English as an additional language teacher in different parts of the world including way up north in the Canadian arctic, Kuwait, England, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, and Cameroon. Dawn has two grown children who live in Canada. She currently resides in Cameroon with her hubby Bruce and two very rambunctious but adorable female kitties. She gets her inspiration for her children’s books from her family, the children she has the pleasure of working with, general life experiences, and her feline friends. Dawn is a passionate baker who loves to share her homemade goodies with others. She is always ready to head out on the next thrilling adventure with Bruce and they never know where the wind will blow them to next. All proceeds from Dawn’s books are currently being donated to help raise the funds to build a new school for the deaf/orphanage in Cameroon, Africa.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Shawn was mischievous and he always played pranks on his brother and sister. They couldn't wait for him to leave the house. He would change the channel when they watched TV, yank the remote out of their hands, and scare and threaten them. He was smart and always wore the designer kind of ripped jeans with pride. He flipped through the channels as if he was the king of the T.V. Kingdom with his feet on top of the coffee table. They yelled, 'Go away, Shawn!' all the time. Things changed when he actually did go away. Shawn had an accident and it has been four years since he has even spoken a word. His family never actually wished for him to go away like this. Written from the perspective of Shawn's sister, the story gives readers glimpses of how exactly Shawn was and how he ended up being silent.

Go Away, Shawn! by Dawn Doig is the heartrending story of Shawn who has been in a vegetative state after an accident and, instead of always wishing him to go away like before, his sister keeps wishing for him to come back. The illustrations capture the mood of the story and characters and give glimpses of Shawn's bullying behavior. The story also brings out his gentle and kind side in many places. It's a beautiful story of love and forgiveness and will bring tears to the eyes of readers. The story connects with all readers who are grieving and who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Chinonso Ezuka

Absolutely Amazing. Dawn is a fantastic author


Nice book.

Vivid illustration colors, drawings were obviously from a talented artist. good content and storyline.


Cute and Endearing

It was a cute and endearing story. I’m sure everyone’s had a sibling or relative that was not so kind lol. I kept wondering where were the parents when Shawn wasn’t being kind to his siblings, but then tragedy hit Shawn and made the siblings remember his kind gestures that were almost forgotten.

The ending is sad and again endearing. It shows children to appreciate everything and everyone.