The Ear

The story of Van Gogh's missing ear



ISBN: 9780500660287 Category:

Piret Raud


A surreal story inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s ear, by the award-winning children’s book creator, Piret Raud.

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.

Piret Raud is Estonia’s leading children’s book creator, and has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, in 2020 and 2022. Her hand-drawn artwork is breathtaking for its exquisite detail, remarkably vibrant colours and bold compositions. This bedtime story will amuse, beguile and teach empathy in equal measure.

Additional information

Weight 128 g
Dimensions 19 x 23.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 15 February 2024
Number of pages 32
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19 x 23.4 cm
Weight 128 g


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Piret Raud is Estonia's leading children's book creator, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award twice, in 2020 and 2022.