Slog's Dad by David Almond
  

Slog's Dad

Written by David Almond
Illustrated by Dave McKean

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Judges said: The different illustrative styles expand the text and the book's message; they amplify the emotions, producing a powerful impact on the reader. McKean uses different media so skilfully, and in such an effective and fluid way. The images illuminate and leave the reader full of hope.

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Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told partly as a graphic novel and partly as a story. Full of the kind of mystery David Almond created in his best-selling Skellig, Slog’s Dad tells how, after his father’s death, Slog copes with his acute feelings of loss and how he finds an embodiment of his father in whom he can believe. Whether the scruffy figure outside the butcher is really his father or not, Slog believes in him. As ever, David Almond’s writing is vivid and Dave McKean’s illustrations bring the story powerfully to life.

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Synopsis

Slog's Dad by David Almond

Part story, part graphic novel - a tender slice of life and death from the creators of The Savage . Do you believe there's life after death? Slog does. He reckons that the scruffy bloke sitting outside the pork shop is his dad come back to visit him for one last time - just like he'd said he would, just before he died. Slog's mate Davie isn't convinced. But how does this man know everything Slog's dad would know? Because Slog says it really is his dad, that's how.

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'A very touching graphic novel.' The Bookseller

About the Author

David Almond

David Almond was our Guest Editor in September 2011 CLICK HERE to see his choices.

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland.

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Julia Eccleshare on David Almond:

One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic or the supernatural or ‘belief’, David Almond writes sensitively about the inner complexities of growing up. Much influenced by the landscape of Tyneside where he was brought up and still lives, David Almond’s books have a strong sense of place especially in titles such as Heaven’s Eyes, The Fire-Eater and Kit’s Wilderness. Although often clearly set in some particular time, there is a timeless quality to David Almond’s stories which give them enduring appeal.

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Format

Paperback
64 pages
Interest Age: From 8

Author

David Almond
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd February 2012

ISBN

9781406331394

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