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Duck, Death & The Tulip – Quick Review

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“Duck, Death & The Tulip” by Wolf Erlbruch is an illustrated book that’s dark in an uplifting way. The children’s book and would be best suited to kids aged 7-10. Or even younger.

It took me less than 10 minutes to finish this simple, sweet story of how a duck meets Death, who looks like an adorably drawn child’s version of the grim reaper. The two spend some hours together, pondering upon some interesting questions, the Duck wonders if it will become an flying angel floating on a cloud after it dies. There’s a subtle witticism and morbidity to the plot that doesn’t make it juvenile for adult readers.

The illustrations are bare and stark. It would make a good gift for a kid in the family. The hardback is quite lovely & will make a nice addition to my shelf. It’s a 4/5 from me. Although I wouldn’t recommend it to adult readers, unless they are specifically looking for a children’s book to read.

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