Monkey wants to play octopus. Gold doesn't want to. Blekkspruten is a picture book about child abuse.
'Blekkspruten succeeds in giving children a precise language to talk about sexual abuse. That is an achievement. Now is the time when those who read books to children in nurseries or nursery schools don’t want to fall short. Read it.'
'The innocent tone in the text and the distorted bodies in the pictures draw us into the unmentionable. Dahle and Nyhus have succeeded again. The artistic duo has shone searchlights on difficult topics before. (…) Now they have ventured into the murky waters of incest. They subject this topic to their artistic skill in such a way that we are able to be drawn into the story and to emerge from it with hope in sight.'
'A powerful new picture book from Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus. This book can make it easier to warn about bad things happening, and it should therefore be read to both small and rather bigger children, whether there are suspicions or not.'
'Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus have created an important picture book about sexual abuse. Their books are outstanding trail-blazers when we fumble to find a way forward in encounters with children who we think may have experienced trauma and molestation.'
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