Duck, Death and the Tulip

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

In a strangely heart-warming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Death, Duck and the Tulip will intrigue, haunt and enchant readers of all ages. Simple, warm, and witty, this book deals with a difficult subject in a way that is elegant, straightforward, and life-affirming.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 38
Publication Date 2016-08-01
BISACS JUV002280, JUV039030
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 11.75 x 9.5
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 147303
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


The New York Times Book Review

“For me, the gold standard of picture books about death is ‘Duck, Death and the Tulip,’ by Wolf Erlbruch.”—Sophie Blackall for The New York Times Book Review

Kirkus Reviews

“Erlbruch’s text, in Chidgey’s translation, offers plenty to talk about, with touches of gentle humor as well as some briskly summarized views of the afterlife. His illustrations likewise repay careful attention despite their apparent simplicity. Created primarily in subdued shades, they appear to incorporate drawing, painting, etching and collage, and they deftly convey both action and personality with a few lines. Adults looking for a unique, thoughtful perspective on a serious subject should definitely consider this—but be sure to preview it before sharing.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Erlbruch does not offer readers explanation or comfort; instead, he uses his considerable artistic power to probe death’s mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“The surrealistic yet modest synthesis of collage and drawings is true to the simple elegance and poignancy of the text.” —School Library Journal

Author, Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch

Wolf Erlbruch is a celebrated and inimitable German author and illustrator. He has received many awards, including the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.