Author: Espen Dekko
Genre: children’s picture books
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pub Date: May 7, 2019
Taken from NetGalley
Paws is tired. He just wants to rest. And to dream about the days when he used to chase rabbits. He still walks with Edward to the park twice a day, but only because Edward needs the fresh air. Until one day, Paws decides he doesn’t want to go for another walk. He just wants to lie in Edward’s bed. “Paws has walked and walked. His paws are heavy. Paws doesn’t have to walk anymore. Paws doesn’t have to do anything anymore.” And Paws falls asleep one last time, leaving Edward to dream of the days when Paws used to chase rabbits. Espen Dekko’s gently heartbreaking and heart-lifting story hits the perfect note as it explores death in an accessible, child-friendly, and nonfrightening way. By writing from the dog’s perspective, Dekko makes it easier for children to understand and accept Paws’s decline and death. Beginning with Paws dreaming of chasing rabbits and ending with Edward dreaming of Paws chasing rabbits, the story has a circular structure that is satisfying and reassuring, as it conveys the boy’s acceptance of the loss of his beloved pet. Richly colored illustrations by Mari Kanstad Johnsen have a simultaneously retro and contemporary feel, perfectly highlighting the joy and love at the heart of this boy-dog relationship.
This is a powerful and touching picture book about a child who loses his pet and his best friend. My heart hurts to think of losing either one of our precious furry pets. In this story Dekko beautifully illustrates loss in a gentle and caring way.
For any family grieving the passing of a furry friend, I would recommend this book.
Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for this advanced copy of Paws and Edward.
Thank you so much Kids Can Press and NetGalley for this beautiful advanced copy!
Happy Reading Friends!❤️
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