Books

Can you whistle, Johanna?

By Ulf Stark
Illustrated by Anna Höglund

This is a sensitive book, a classic in many countries, about a friendship between two boys and an old man.

There are plenty of old men who would do as a grandfather at the retirement home, Ulf suggests, when Berra wonders why he doesn’t have one. They go there together to find one – ideally one who eats pig’s trotters, invites you to tea and who can teach you to whistle.

  • A modern classic of Swedish literature
  • Winner of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 1994, awarded to authors of for outstanding works of children’s and teenage literature
  • Themes of grandparents, friendship, loneliness, and dying, without sentimentality

About the author

Ulf Stark was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1944. He has written around thirty books for children and young adults, translated into more than twenty languages. He has won many prizes in Sweden and internationally, including the German Youth Literature Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize, and he was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

About the illustrator

Anna Hoglund has illustrated a number of Ulf Stark's books. She lives and works in New York. Winner of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, awarded to authors of children's and teenage literature for outstanding works.

ISBN: 9780958259859
Imprint: Gecko Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2007
Dimensions: 138 x 210mm, 64pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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