Antje Damm‘s picture book comes along as a soft-footed and comprehensible book dedicated to the subject of dying, death and mourning.

A fox comes into the forest. He‘s carrying a large box filled with cans of tomato soup, because he‘s toothless and old. The rabbits, initally scared of him, soon understand and thus animals who normally don‘t have anything in common get to know one another. The fox tells stories from his long life and so shares important pieces of wisdom. The rabbits in turn care for him and stay by his side when the old fox dies. After his death they put him in his big box, bury him and say farewell. But he remains alive in their memories.

Once again, Antje Damm has painted, built, staged and photographed the scenes in her book. Delicate elements, light and shadow, sharpness and blurring create a wonderfully light mood and defy the serious subject of death.

by Antje Damm


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“Is it possible to tell about saying goodbye in a more direct and yet relaxed way?” – 3Sat Kulturzeit


“Antje Damm’s latest stroke of genius is a touching picture book about saying goodbye and death, about mourning and remembering.” – Kurier, Vienna


“A serious subject, yet told in a light and bright and lively way.” – Deutschlandfunk


“Wonderfully original, humorous and yet profound.” – Margit Franz, author of Taboo Subject Grief Work


“Cheeky […] and at the same time a soothing relief to approach the subject of death in this manner.” – Barbara Knieling, Federal Association for the Promotion of Reading


“A great book that takes some of the monstrosity out of death.” – ekz, Reutlingen


“An impressive and comforting picture book.” – Kilifü 20/21

Moritz Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 195 x 253 | 5+

Rights sold: simplified Chinese, Korean



[original title: Füchslein in der Kiste]


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