It is the illustrator who makes a particular contribution to the beauty of this little book for children. The type is too small relative to the image, and the paper is just a little too stiff, but it is a lovingly made book. The subject is the death of a family pet, and it is depicted in a beautiful succession of pictures: from a black cloud on a white background to a white cloud on a black background. As the book progresses, so Sien the dog comes into view as each spread zooms further back to reveal more of what at first looks like a torn-paper shape of a black body and ends as a line drawing of a small dog on a white cloud. This small, atmospheric book is proof that death, which these days receives more attention than it used to in writing for young people, need not necessarily be writ so large.

Author Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Annemarie van Haeringen

Year 2016

Language Dutch

Edited by Dik Zweekhorst

Publisher Em. Querido's Kinderboeken Uitgeverij, Amsterdam

Designer Tessa van der Waals

Prepress Robstolk, Amsterdam

Printer Robstolk, Amsterdam (Printed in HR-UV offset with extended colours and skeleton black.)

Binder Van Waarden, Zaandam

Size 150 x 200 x 3

Number of pages 32 p.

Print run 2,500

Price € 12.50

ISBN 978 90 451 1905 2

Font Dolly Pro (Underware)

Binding style Sewn hardback. The first and last pages are the endpapers.

Material 160gsm Rough White (interior); 140gsm Muskat Grey over 1.5 mm grey board (binding)