Valerian Viliamovich Carrick (1869-1942) was a Norwegian author, translator, painter and Illustrator. He wrote Picture Folk Tales (1920) and More Russian Picture Tales. "A cock was scratching one day in the earth under the wall of a cottage when he found a bean. He tried to swallow it, and choked himself. He choked himself and stretched himself out, and there he lay, and couldn't even breathe."