All the Dear Little Animals by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Eva Eriksson. Translated by Julia Marshall. Gecko Press, 2020. 9781776572892
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? In this precious slice-of-life story, three young friends start a business called Funerals Ltd. They bury dead pets and any other animals they can find who have expired, including road kill. Rock tombstones, a cross, and a poem are offered and the youngest just cries for the departed. It all takes place during one long summer day. It’s a very sweet look at death for young children, made easy to digest by the repeated ruminations on each animal. The narrator’s short poems are adorable, and Eriksson’s art is just perfect.
Anything you didn’t like about it? An observation – each animal funeral features a Christian cross.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would work for independent readers or as a read aloud when conversations about death and dying are necessary.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 12, 2020