Father's Day GiftsGroceryClothing, Shoes & AccessoriesHomeOutdoor Living & GardenFurnitureKitchen & DiningElectronicsVideo GamesToysSports & OutdoorsMovies, Music & BooksBabyHousehold EssentialsBeautyUlta Beauty at TargetPersonal CareHealthPetsSchool & Office SuppliesCollegeArts, Crafts & SewingParty SuppliesLuggageGift IdeasGift CardsCharacter ShopBlack-Owned or Founded Brands at TargetTarget OpticalClearanceTarget New Arrivals Target Finds #TargetStylePrideLGBTQIA+ ShopBlack Beyond MeasureMás QueWomen-Owned Brands at TargetAsian-Owned Brands at Target Top DealsTarget Circle DealsWeekly AdShop Order PickupShop Same Day DeliveryRegistryRedCardTarget CircleFind Stores


Duck, Death and the Tulip - by Wolf Erlbruch (Hardcover)

Duck, Death and the Tulip - by  Wolf Erlbruch (Hardcover) - image 1 of 1
Duck, Death and the Tulip - by  Wolf Erlbruch (Hardcover) - image 1 of 1
$15.29 sale price when purchased online
$18.99 list price

About this item


  • From award-winning author and illustrator, Wolf Erlbruch, comes one of the world's best children's books about grief and loss.
  • 6-7 Years
  • 11.7" x 9.6" Hardcover
  • 38 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Social Themes


About the Book

A duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death.

Book Synopsis

From award-winning author and illustrator, Wolf Erlbruch, comes one of the world's best children's books about grief and loss. Voted one of the 100 greatest children's books of all time by the BBC.

In a curiously heart-warming and elegantly illustrated story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Duck and Death play together and discuss big questions. Death, dressed in a dressing gown and slippers, is sympathetic and kind and will be duck's companion until the end.

"I'm cold," she said one evening. "Will you warm me a little?"
Snowflakes drifted down.
Something had happened. Death looked at the duck.
She'd stopped breathing. She lay quite still.

Explaining the topic of death in a way that is honest, lightly philosophical and with gentle humor, this enchanting book has been translated into multiple languages, adapted into an animated movie and short film and performed on stages worldwide.

Wolf Erlbruch received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2006 and was the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2017.

  • Tender and direct, this is an excellent tool for helping to explain and talk about death, dying and bereavement with children
  • Loved by adults and children, parents and grandparents, also suitable for schools, grief centers and counsellors

Praise for Duck, Death and the Tulip

"The gold standard of picture books about death is Duck, Death and the Tulip...It's hard to describe how this extraordinarily tender book manages to be both heartbreaking and comforting, but it does."--The New York Times

"The most extraordinary picture book I've seen in many a year. A duck becomes friends with Death, and it's the most natural thing in the world. Trust me, adults get far more weirded out by this book than children ever do. Amazing."--Patrick Ness, Time Out London

"The most moving book I've read this year is the German picture book Duck, Death and The Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch, about the strange, uneasy friendship."--Meg Rosoff, The Financial Times

"The German children's book author and illustrator Wolf Erlbruch offers a wonderfully warm and assuring answer in Duck, Death and the Tulip - a marvelous addition to the handful of intelligent and imaginative children's books about death and loss."--Maria Popova, Brainpickings

"Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch is a superb picture book from Germany, that tells a gentle story of the relationship between Death and a duck. Death is portrayed as a sympathetic figure in a dressing gown who is with us all the time, but who only comes into Duck's consciousness towards the end of his life. It is warm, poignant and witty."--Anthony Browne, The Guardian

Review Quotes

"Erlbruch does not offer readers explanation or comfort; instead, he uses his considerable artistic power to probe death's mystery." --Publishers Weekly

-- (10/10/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"Erlbruch's text, in Chidgey's translation, offers plenty to talk about, with touches of gentle humor as well as some briskly summarized views of the afterlife. His illustrations likewise repay careful attention despite their apparent simplicity. Created primarily in subdued shades, they appear to incorporate drawing, painting, etching and collage, and they deftly convey both action and personality with a few lines. Adults looking for a unique, thoughtful perspective on a serious subject should definitely consider this--but be sure to preview it before sharing." --Kirkus Reviews

-- (10/15/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"For me, the gold standard of picture books about death is 'Duck, Death and the Tulip, ' by Wolf Erlbruch."--Sophie Blackall for The New York Times Book Review

-- (4/27/2018 12:00:00 AM)

"The surrealistic yet modest synthesis of collage and drawings is true to the simple elegance and poignancy of the text." --School Library Journal

-- (10/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)
Dimensions (Overall): 11.7 Inches (H) x 9.6 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.2 Pounds
Suggested Age: 6-7 Years
Number of Pages: 38
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Themes
Publisher: Gecko Press (Tm)
Theme: Death, Grief, Bereavement
Format: Hardcover
Author: Wolf Erlbruch
Language: English
Street Date: August 1, 2016
TCIN: 51412395
UPC: 9781877467141
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-6231
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it.

Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 0.4 inches length x 9.6 inches width x 11.7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.2 pounds
We regret that this item cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
This item cannot be shipped to the following locations: United States Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa (see also separate entry under AS), Puerto Rico (see also separate entry under PR), Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S., APO/FPO, Guam (see also separate entry under GU)

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
See the return policy for complete information.

Get top deals, latest trends, and more.

Privacy policy


About Us

About TargetCareersNews & BlogTarget BrandsBullseye ShopSustainability & GovernancePress CenterAdvertise with UsInvestorsAffiliates & PartnersSuppliersTargetPlus


Target HelpReturnsTrack OrdersRecallsContact UsFeedbackAccessibilitySecurity & FraudTeam Member Services


Find a StoreClinicPharmacyOpticalMore In-Store Services


Target Circle™Target Circle™ CardTarget Circle 360™Target AppRegistrySame Day DeliveryOrder PickupDrive UpFree 2-Day ShippingShipping & DeliveryMore Services
PinterestFacebookInstagramXYoutubeTiktokTermsCA Supply ChainPrivacyCA Privacy RightsYour Privacy ChoicesInterest Based AdsHealth Privacy Policy