Laura Djupvik and Øyvind Torseter: MY BROTHER

Bror min
Published by Samlaget, 2021

In this beautiful picture book, we are introduced to a girl and her father in a grief-stricken period of their lives, with each of them mourning in their own way. Dad disappears into himself, while the girl begins to dream about her departed brother. When the daughter eventually convinces her dad to join in with her make-believe, something big and unexpected happens.

My Brother shows how differently parents and children handle their grief, and how combining both of these perspectives can provide them with the tools and insight to go on living – together.

This book is perfect for anyone who has lost someone, but can also help form the foundations for a conversation with children about death itself. My Brother is a tale of grief and hope and the innate powers of healing we all possess.

“Are you going out on the water today?”
Dad gazes out the window.
He chews on his sandwich, slowly.
“No,” he replies.
I hop down from my chair.
“Come on, it’s not like there’s a storm coming!”
I don’t want to tell him about my dream.
He doesn’t like the sea any more.
“We need a fishing rod,” I say.
Dad nods.

Read excerpt from the English version here (PDF, 3 MB)

Format 19 × 24 cm. 60 pages. English version is available. Translation rights sold to: South Korea.

Laura Djupvik (b. 1970) is an editor at a publishing house, as well as an author in her own respect. She made her debut in 2004 with the novel This boat is so small (Båten er så liten). In 2008 she was awarded a literary award for her children’s book, One hundred oranges and a violin (Hundre appelsinar og ein fiolin). She has written several books for children, young people and adults.

Øyvind Torseter (b. 1972) is a prizewinning writer and illustrator. Amongst his awards are the Nordic Council’s prize for children and youth literature, the Bokkunstprisen for book illustrations, the Deutsche Jugendbuch Preis and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. He has even produced his own books, as well as worked as a co-author and illustrator on other book projects.