Can you whistle, Johanna?

By Ulf Stark
Illustrated by Anna Höglund

Can You Whistle, Johanna? is a funny, sensitive illustrated chapter book about two boys searching for a grandfather—there are plenty at the retirement home—and friendship across generations. It is an international award-winner and a classic in many

Why doesn’t Berra have a grandfather? And how can he get one? There are plenty of old men at the retirement home, Ulf suggests. They go there together to find one—ideally one who eats pig’s trotters, invites you to tea and can teach you to whistle. Can You Whistle, Johanna? is an international award-winner and classic in many countries by one of the world's great writers.

  • 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 Höglund is one of Sweden’s foremost illustrators, whose work has been recognized with international awards. She has worked with many well-known authors including Barbro Lindgren and Ulf Stark, as well as writing and illustrating her own books.

ISBN: 9781776573264
Imprint: Gecko Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: February 3, 2021
Dimensions: 144 x 204mm, 92pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $18.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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