Author(s): Eric Maddern
When Jack meets Old Man Death coming towards his cottage, he realises at once what's up. "You're not taking my old mother!" he cries, and hits out at Death with his fists. With each punch, Death gets smaller and smaller, until Jack is able to squeeze him inside a hazelnut shell. He throws the nut far out to sea, and goes home...
Eric Maddern has written many books for Frances Lincoln including The King with Horse's Ears (illustrated by Paul Hess), Spirit of the Forest (with Paul Hess), Curious Clownfish and Rainbow Bird. The Fire Children, illustrated by Frane Lessac, was chosen for Junior Education Books of the Year 1993 and selected for Children's Books of the Year 1994. Paul Hess's books include Josephine People's Jack and the Beanstalk, Alan MacDonald's Pig in a Wig and Malachy Doyle's The Great Castle of Marshmangle and The King with Horse's Ears, by Eric Maddern. His first book for Frances Lincoln was Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe, by Antonia Barber.