We asked our authors to write about a favourite book, which they think more people should read.
Jerry Pinto is the author of many fabulous books, and the translator of others. His book for Duckbill are Phiss Phuss Book: Stories Our Grandparents Told Us and Monster Garden.
So many lovely books but there was one that I loved which I discovered in Germany, called Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch. It was terrifying and it was powerful and it refused to allow itself a moment of sentiment. A duck finds an odd companion and discovers it is Death who has been following her around and is waiting now to carry her off. Then the duck dies, Death carries her body to the river, lays a tulip on it and watches until the river carries her away “For a long time he watched her. When she was lost to sight, he was almost a little moved”.
I could not stop crying as I read this book and I cried for days, suddenly thinking of that duck and her bravery in the face of death and the tulip and the “a little moved”. I am crying now as I write this.
And yes, it was a book for children.