All the Dear Little Animals

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

“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.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Category SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039030, JUV045000, JUV051000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.75 x 8
Lexile 550
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Ulf Nilsson

Ulf Nilsson (1948-2021) was a celebrated Swedish children's author, who wrote more than 100 books for all ages, winning numerous awards and translated into over a dozen languages.

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.


  • Prairie Bloom Award Nominee, Nominated, 2022
  • 2021 USBBY Outstanding International Book, Winner, 2021
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2020


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

Publishers Weekly

“A sly, thoughtful, many-layered story.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“The story cleverly—and tenderly—pivots near its end, giving it a touching depth (with a twist). . . . Dark and hilarious.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews