Dutch / The Netherlands

Groter dan een droom
(Bigger than a dream)

Aerts, Jef (text)
Törnqvist, Marit (illus.)
Amsterdam: Querido, 2013. – [42] p.
ISBN 978-90-451-1401-9

Siblings | Death | Grief

In this moving picture book, a little boy hears the voice of his elder sister who died before he was born. At night, the two siblings set off together on a magical
journey, cycling through the forest and the fields, rowing a boat and forming a special connection. The impressive composition and delicate colours of Marit Tornqvist’s illustrations amplify the magic realist atmosphere of Jef Aerts’s poetic text, from the bird’s eye view of the siblings day-dreaming in the boat together to the moonlit night when the children fly through the air in a whirl of blue and purple hues.
The night ends when the siblings visit the hospital where the sister lay ill and the graveyard where she lies buried. When the boy wakes up, he fi nds his bed empty and tells his mother about his special experience, which was ≫bigger than a dream.≪

≫Groter dan een droom≪ is a delicate story that is comforting without being sentimental. It won the Flemish Boekenleeuw and has already been translated into several languages. (Age: 6+)