Paws and Edward (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781525301353, 34pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Espen Dekko's gently heartbreaking and heart-lifting story hits the perfect note as it explores death in an accessible, child-friendly, and nonfrightening way. By writing from the dog's perspective, Dekko makes it easier for children to understand and accept Paws's decline and death. Beginning with Paws dreaming of chasing rabbits and ending with Edward dreaming of Paws chasing rabbits, the story has a circular structure that is satisfying and reassuring, as it conveys the boy's acceptance of the loss of his beloved pet. Richly colored illustrations by Mari Kanstad Johnsen have a simultaneously retro and contemporary feel, perfectly highlighting the joy and love at the heart of this boy-dog relationship. This book is an excellent choice for any children --- or adults --- dealing with or talking about loss, or for lessons about the life cycle of living things.
About the Author
Mari Kanstad Johnsen is an illustrator and artist. She is also the author of a number of children's books, which have been translated into French, Spanish and Swedish. Mari has been selected among other new literary talents for Norway's ?New Voices? program at the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair. She lives in Norway.