Do Fish Sleep?

By: Jens Raschke

Illustrator: Jens Rassmus

Sick since even before Jette can remember, her brother Emil now has died. The feelings that losing him evoke in her are huge and confusing. Most simply, it feels as though a dark raincloud has descended over her family. And then there's the ridiculous fact that nobody seems to know what happens after you die, and yet adults often talk as if they do. Told in the first-person voice of a wry, observant 10-year-old girl, Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke is an honest, darkly funny look into loss, memory, and the search for answers. Originally performed as a one-girl play, Do Fish Sleep? was a breakout success at the box office, and received both the 2012 Mülheimer Children’s Theater Prize and the 2014 MDR Children’s Radio Play Prize. Do Fish Sleep? has been a best-seller in Germany since publication and has been translated into several languages.

Two-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781592702855

JLG Release: Jan 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Death
Topics: Illness , Death and dying , Family life , Siblings , Brothers , Grief , Funerals

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Awards & Honors

Mildred L. Batchelder Award Honoree - 2020

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Book Details



First Release

January 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8" x 5"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts





Print Book


Hardcover edition


Enchanted Lion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Death


Illness, Death and dying, Family life, Siblings, Brothers, Grief, Funerals,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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