All the Dear Little Animals
“One summer’s day we started a business called Funerals Ltd., to help all the poor dead animals in the world. Esther did the digging, I wrote the poems, and Esther’s little brother, Puttie, cried.”
Early readers will love the dry humor and wonderfully rounded story of All the Dear Little Animals. Nilsson perfectly captures the child’s perspective, balancing compassion and humor. This is a very funny story about a topic that touches all of us.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||Social Emotional Learning|
|Number of Pages||72|
The Horn Book Magazine
“This illustrated early chapter book is a darkly comedic exploration of life and death. . . .Honest and uncomfortable humor within the soft, pale vignettes and full-page and double-page-spread art captures the book’s spirit. . .”—The Horn Book Magazine
“First published in Sweden, the book has a childlike tone that is reverent, winsome, and matter-of-fact. . . . [T]his pitch-perfect book shows children dealing with death in their own ways and then moving on.”—starred, Booklist
“A sly, thoughtful, many-layered story.”—starred, Publishers Weekly
“The story cleverly—and tenderly—pivots near its end, giving it a touching depth (with a twist). . . . Dark and hilarious.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: Ulf Nilsson
Ulf Nilsson is a celebrated children's writer based in Sweden. He has won the August Prize and the Batchelder Award.
Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
Eva Eriksson is one of the world's great illustrators. Her awards include the Astrid Lindgren Prize and the August Award and she is consistently nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.