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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Goodbye, Mr. Muffin
by Ulf Nilsson
Age Range: Under_5
In his youth Mr Muffin was a strong guinea pig who could carry a whole cucumber on his back. Now in his old age, grey and tired, he reminisces about his life. He feels he’s had a good life and been lucky to have a clever and kind wife, six lovely children and to live in a beautiful little blue house. One Wednesday morning Mr Muffin feels a sharp pain in his stomach and eventually takes to his bed.
This is a touching story about the death of a much-loved pet by award-winning author Ulf Nilsson with delicate colour wash illustrations by one of Sweden’s leading illustrators, Anna-Clara Tidholm. It tackles such issues as growing old, death, funerals and the question of the afterlife in a gentle, sensitive and humorous way allowing parents and carers to use this book to help explain the death of a family pet.