Duck, Death and the Tulip – Wolf Erlbruch


41shrxzlsol Duck, Death and the Tulip – Wolf Erlbruch, Gecko Press, (9781877579028), c2007, 2011.

Format: Hardcover Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? Duck has a feeling that he is being followed. It is Death who has been following him for a long time. Death carries a purple tulip, wears long shapeless clothes and has a skull for a head. Duck and Death become friends, visiting the pond, which makes Death cold, and discussing what happens when you die. When Duck does die, Death is very gentle, placing Duck on the water to float away with the purple tulip resting on top of him. This is an odd story, of course, but rather beautifully and gently told with sparse illustrations, mainly of Duck and Death.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? If a child has lost someone close to them, it would be a nice selection to read to them to explain death. Or when children reach that age, when they are curious about death, it would also be very beneficial.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and those dealing with the death of a family member, be it human or animal.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/4/2016

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