Espen Dekko, 1968-

Book - 2019

"Paws + Edward is a dog-and-his-boy story, told from Paws' perspective. Paws is an old dog whose rabbit-chasing is limited to his dreams nowadays. When Paws dies, Edward is lost without his loyal companion, but finds solace and even happiness in his own memories and dreams of Paws. A light-touch look at the death of a pet, Paws + Edward is gently heartbreaking and heart-healing, hitting a perfect note for children and their grown-ups, too, who might be dealing with loss."--

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Picture books
Toronto : Kids Can Press 2019.
Corporate Author
Kids Can Press
Main Author
Espen Dekko, 1968- (author)
Corporate Author
Kids Can Press (translator)
Other Authors
Mari Kanstad Johnsen, 1981- (illustrator)
Item Description
"Translation of: P+E"--Colophon.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

This picture book, a Canadian import originally published in Norway, tells the story of Paws, a dog, and Edward, a child, who have shared a good life together.Paws is old and prefers to spend his days sleeping and dreaming, mostly about rabbits, while Edward, his beloved human, cuddles close and reads books. When Edward invites Paws for a walk, Paws goes because, he thinks, "Edward could use some fresh air." The two are inseparable until the inevitable occurs and Paws falls into a sleep "without dreams." Edward is so, so sad, but when he finally falls asleep (in the park, on the bench Paws used to lie on) he dreamsof Paws, tail wagging, happyand readers will be uplifted, understanding that Edward's love for Paws cannot be erased by death. Johnsen's warmly hued illustrations give Paws such a large presence that he often spills out over the boundaries of the pagea visual manifestation of the story's theme of love unconstrained by the boundary of death. Each illustration is a full-bleed double-page spread, a choice that emphasizes expansiveness. Edward's skin is shown as a different shade on each page, a device that allows Edward to approach universality while visually highlighting, once again, the theme of limitlessness.A truly brilliant contribution to the genre and a must for any child who has lost a beloved pet. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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