The Ear

"The Ear". First published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Thames & Hudson Ltd.


Rights sold: English, Estonian, German, Polish, Croatian, Slovenian

About the Book

When the artist Vincent van Gogh cuts off his ear, the ear is suddenly left alone and headless. What will become of her? Where should she go? What should she do? Acutely aware of how small and insignificant she is in the big, wide world, the ear experiences something of an identity crisis. She simply doesn’t know who she is anymore. But thanks to a downcast frog with a heavy heart who simply needs listening to, she realizes what she can offer to the world: a sympathetic ear. Through helping her friends, she discovers a fresh perspective on life.

"Raud’s elegant picturebook is a strikingly stylish allegory about how by being a kind-hearted listener you can help other people and make friends."
The Sunday Times
"Half the magic of Raud’s strange, subtle fable is in the illustrations, which combine rounded shapes, linear tangles, and idiosyncratic detail to conjure a whimsical world."
Publishers Weekly

"This quirky affirmation of the value of listening will have readers thinking."
Kirkus Reviews