Book

Jacques Vriens

Code Catnip

A warm book about a sensitive theme: euthanasia.

This is a warm book about a complicated and sensitive theme: euthanasia. And about how you can try to understand each other, in spite of your own sadness.

A sick grandfather talks to his grandson about the end of his life. ‘Maybe I’ll die naturally, but if there’s no other way, I want euthanasia.’ Together they go on one last bike ride and talk, with a lot of humour and openness, about all kinds of things. Including sickness and death. The boy really loves his grandpa, and he gains more understanding for his wishes. But all he really wants is for him to stay alive, and he can see that his parents are finding it very difficult too. The predicaments and the grief are dealt with in a careful way, without the book ever becoming too weighty.

Jacques Vriens

Jacques Vriens (b. 1946) is one of the most popular children’s writers in the Netherlands. He was the headmaster of a primary school for almost twenty years and has always worked hard to make children excited about books. In 2013, he became the first Dutch Children’s Book Ambassador. He has won…

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Details

Code Kattenkruid (2018). Children's books, 128 pages.
Words: 30,000

Age: 10+

Themes: euthanasia

Publications

Reading for empathy

Publisher

Van Holkema & Warendorf

Postbus 23202
NL - 1100 DS Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 236 42 00

E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.unieboekspectrum.n…

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