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Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch

Duck, Death and the Tulip (2007)

by Wolf Erlbruch

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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 inevitable relationship deepened into friendship. In the drawings, Death's gifts Duck with a tulip - but the text makes the assumption that the reader will know the significance. Perhaps that was deliberate - ultimately death cannot be fully known, only guessed at.

While I enjoyed the book, especially the smiling, skull-faced Death and the quaintly appealing Duck, I was left feeling only sadness, where a similar book "Cry, Heart, But Never Break" uplifted me despite the poignancy. ( )
  JudyCroome | Sep 24, 2016 |
The art is really gorgeous. It's a serious topic, to be sure, and it's not addressed with any subtlety. Erlbruch uses more of a calm, direct approach. Death simply is. At one point duck asks, "Are you going to make something happen?" but death says, "Life takes care of that." I'm not sure why, but I keep coming back to this story. ( )
  CALammert | Apr 13, 2016 |
Life embraces death in this wonderfully witty, profoundly moving, elegantly crafted story. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Piu' che il Libro Tibetano, più che Seneca, piu' che Kierkegaard: a volte basta molto, molto meno per dare l'immensa sensazione della finitezza, dell'eternità e del loro straziante connubio.

Basta un'anatra e un tulipano. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
A simple story about fear of death. Duck fears death but can't escape him. An odd friendship is established and death quietly sees duck off on that final journey. An interesting story in that it scares adults while children seem to take it for what it is, a lesson in peaceful acceptance. ( )
  rata | Oct 24, 2011 |
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Duck, Death and the Tulip is the creation of award-winning German artist and writer Wolf Erlbruch, who has chosen childhood as his subject in the manner of, say, William Golding or Harper Lee. Erlbruch (probably best known as the illustrator of The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business) is a much-venerated figure in Germany; his subjects emerge from the uncosy side of childhood, a place populated by edgy creatures and uncomfortable themes. You won't find a fuzzy bunny or a little bear who can't sleep in Duck, Death and the Tulip.
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For a while now, Duck had had a feeling.
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"In a strangely heart-warming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death.

Simple, unusual, warm and witty — a picture book version of The Book Thief. This book deals with a difficult subject in a way that is elegant, straightforward, and thought-provoking." From Gecko Press website: http://www.geckopress.co.nz/Book_Deta...
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In a strangely heartwarming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with death. Suggested level: junior, primary.

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