Stein Erik Lunde (text) Øyvind Torseter (illustrations)

My father's arms are a boat

Striking illustrations in this poignant tale of love, loss and comfort
The boy in this winter night story cannot sleep; therefore it’s good to have daddy’s there to answer all his questions. Like are the red birds sleeping? Do the foxes eat their food? And most importantly: is mummy sleeping?
In this starry and quiet picture book, we meet a confident father and an anxious boy who take care of each other in the vast winter night. Dagsavisen’s reviewer wrote: “The picture book as a whole comes across as plain and sober. The choice of colours is frugal, with nuances in grey, black and white, with dashes of red and yellow. A children’s book that shows how successful a work can become when the words and drawing of two acclaimed artists meet.” My Father’s Arms are a Boat received the Ministry of Culture’s Prize for the best picture book in 2008. The jury said: “Big feelings expressed in a minimalist fashion. The text and illustrations communicate with and complement each other to create a rich and complex whole in which the details are the most important. Exciting, evocative and poetic.” The Kirkus Review wrote: "A young boy, grieving and unable to sleep, climbs into his father’s steady arms to find warmth and reassurance in this luminous story about loss, love and healing. [...] A breath taking masterpiece." My Father’s Arms are a Boat was nominated for the 2011 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

US edition available.

Sober about Sorrow
Torseter’s ethereal illustrations partake in a beautiful interaction with Lunde’s text, which is simple and suggestive, with dark undertones.
A children’s book that shows how successful a work can become when the words and drawing of two acclaimed artists meet.


Stein Erik Lunde (text) Øyvind Torseter (illustrations)

Torseter, øyvind 2009 (c) une hofgaard

Stein Erik Lunde (b. 1953) has written several award-winning books for children and youth. Øyvind Torseter (b.1972) is by many regarded as one of the most creative illustrators in Norway and a recognized artist. He has made several picture books and illustrated many others. Torseter was rewarded with the Bologna Ragazzi Award, 2008.

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Hagen Agency by Eirin Hagen

Edited October 31, 2017 by Hagen Agency