Paws and Edward

Espen Dekko
Mari Kanstad Johnsen

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 book is an excellent choice for any children --- or adults --- dealing with or talking about loss, or for lessons about the life cycle of living things.

978-1-5253-0135-3 | May 7, 2019
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 34 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 2 / Ages: 4 to 7
978-1-5253-0298-5 | May 7, 2019
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Awards & Reviews

“A truly brilliant contribution to the genre and a must for any child who has lost a beloved pet.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, February 2019
“... highly recommended for anyone who has an elderly pet or had a pet that recently passed away.”
— CM Magazine, May 2019
2020 - Outstanding International Books List, USBBY, Winner
2019 - Best Picture Books of 2019 List, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

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