Duck, Death and the Tulip

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Gecko Press, 2008 - Children's stories - 38 pages
6 Reviews
In a strangely heartwarming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. "Who are you? Why are you creeping along behind me?" "Good. You've finally noticed me," said Death. "I am Death." Duck was startled. You couldn't blame her for that. Death, Duck and the Tulip is the much anticipated translation of Wolf Erlbruch's latest masterpiece. Death, Duck and the Tulip will intrigue, haunt and enchant teenagers and adults. Simple, unusual, warm and witty - a picture book version of The Book Thief. This book deals with a difficult subject in away that is elegant, straightforward, and thought-provoking.

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User Review  - JudyCroome - LibraryThing

A sweet, simple and sad story about death. The drawings add depth to the text, which became quite poignant towards the end. From the moment Duck became aware of Death's hovering presence, their ... Read full review

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User Review  - GLMW - LibraryThing

I loved this book! It is moving without being sentimental. Death is diminutive - like a child himself. The Duck is afraid when death is near, but she decides to treat him as a companion. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Wolf Erlbruch is a celebrated and original German author and illustrator. Winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, he has received many other awards. Erlbruch is recognised for his witty and winsome stories and his sophisticated synthesis of collage and drawing.

Catherine Chidgey was born in 1970 and grew up in New Zealand. Her first novel, In a Fishbone Church, was published in 1999 and won Best First Book at the New Zealand Book Awards and at the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It also won a Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Golden Deeds, was chosen by Time Out magazine asa book of the year, and was a 2002 Best Book in the La Times Book Review and a 2002 Notable Book in the New York Times Book Review. Her third novel, The Transformation, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as a Discover Pick in 2005. In 2013 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Catherine has held the Sargeson Fellowship; the Todd New Writers┐ Bursary; the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship to Menton, France; the Rathcoola Residency to Cork, Ireland; the NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship; and the University of Otago Wallace Residency at the Pah Homestead in Auckland. In 2002 she won the inaugural Prize in Modern Letters and in 2003 she was named as the best New Zealand under 40.

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