Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond
  

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

Written by David Almond
Illustrated by Dave McKean

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Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Award-winning David Almond is at his most lyrical and imaginative in this story of how three children fill up the gaps the gods have left when creating their world. First they create a mouse, a soft squeaky thing, then a flying thing to fill up all the space above them. They are pleased with what they do. But are they brave enough to create a wolf? And what will happen when they do? Dave McKean’s illustrations bring the children and the creatures they create vividly to life.

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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond

The dream team of David Almond and Dave McKean bring us a complete story set in an incomplete world.

The gods have created a world - they've built mountains, a sea and a sky - and now their days are filled with long naps in the clouds (and tea and cake). That's until Harry, Sue and Little Ben begin to fill the gaps of the world: with a mousy thing, a chirpy thing and a twisty legless thing. As the children's ideas take shape, the power of their visions proves to be greater than they, or the gods, could ever have imagined.

This is a genius retelling of creation from an award-winning duo, fully illustrated in colour.

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Almond/McKean is a double act that's hard to beat. The third of their graphic novel collaborations is the most beautiful, but perhaps also the most unsettling. The writing is powerfully emotional; the pictures, brilliantly arresting. Guardian

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
80 pages

Author

David Almond
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Author's Website

www.davidalmond.com/

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd January 2014

ISBN

9781406345995

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