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Death in a Nut (Hardcover): Eric Maddern

Death in a Nut (Hardcover)

Eric Maddern; Illustrated by Paul Hess

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Maddern smoothly retells a tale learned from Scots storyteller Duncan Williamson. Young Jack meets Death on the beach and stuffs it into a hazelnut shell that he casts out to sea. He returns home to find his ailing mother suddenly much better-but eggs no longer break, vegetables can't be sliced, and the cockerel can't be killed. Hess gives his painted scenes a remote, formal feel by pulling back the point of view and placing Jack in lonely-looking vistas of beach or field. Death is a ragged, capering old man in black who, when the penny finally drops and Jack recovers the nut, springs out, makes the central point explicit-"You thought by getting rid of me, you'd stop all the troubles in the world! But without me, my boy, there can be no life"-and then genially allows Jack's mother to live to a ripe old age. Like Yugi Morales's Just a Minute (2003), this may help to make the Reaper a little less Grim for younger readers. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews)
When Jack meets Old Man Death coming towards his cottage, he realises at once what's up. You're not taking my old mother he cries, and hits out at Death with his fists. With each punch, Death gets smaller and smaller, until Jack is able to squeeze him inside a hazelnut shell. He throws the nut far out to sea, and goes home... Then the trouble begins: eggs won't break, the cockerel's head won't be wrung and the butcher confesses that he can't slaughter any livestock. What has Jack done? How he discovers one of life's basic truths - that without Death there can be no Life - is delightfully retold by professional storyteller Eric Maddern, while Paul Hess's artwork gives a glorious comic lift to a thoughtful story.


Imprint: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2005
First published: 2005
Authors: Eric Maddern
Illustrators: Paul Hess
Dimensions: 270 x 214 x 8mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
ISBN-13: 978-1-84507-081-6
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
LSN: 1-84507-081-X
Barcode: 9781845070816

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