Who’s Dead?Stina Wirsén, illustrated by Stina Wirsén
In this book we meet Bird and his mummy and daddy. Bird’s daddy’s daddy has just died and they are all very sad. But Bird’s mummy says daddy’s daddy was very old and that these things happen to old birds. Then Bird’s family meets Teddy and her granny. Bird thinks Teddy’s granny looks old and asks if she is going to die soon too. But Teddy’s granny says she has no intention of dying yet, that she is feeling great and ready to stay alive for quite a while.
Bird imagines that his granpa has been transformed into a pretty butterfly. He admires it but then a while later he forgets he thought the butterfly was his grandpa and swallows it. Now Bird is really sad. But things get better and Bird goes on happily remembering his grandpa.
Once again Stina Wirsén talks about big feelings. She captures both the comic and the more difficult aspects of the situation in a masterly way, both in her text and illustrations. The book is aimed at the very young – it looks very simple, but with great finesse and accuracy Stina Wirsén finds those small nuances which make the book a powerful adventure!
The “Who?” series are “books for the very small”. Since 2005, 16 books in the series have been published and they are a huge success among the very small and their parents. The first book Who’s angy? was nominated for the August Prize. The series receives glowing reviews and in 2015 the series grew up with stories about the five friends and now we can read about their children.
Chinese (simp.)/Petrel Publishing
Danish/Forlaget Vilde Dyr
Korean/Moonji Publishing Co.