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The First Slodge

Written by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

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LoveReading View on The First Slodge

Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 Jeanne Willis is an expert at pinpointing human weaknesses, particularly those common in the very young, and this is a very funny morality tale about the importance of sharing. The first Slodge emerges from the primordial slime and has a wonderful time, gambolling around trilling ‘Mine, all mine!’ until the arrival of a second Slodge, a male this time. Hostilities break out between the two until a sudden external threat unites them. A happy last spread shows them – and their offspring – along with the message that the world is everyone’s to share. Jenni Desmond’s illustrations capture all the humour while providing a suitably ‘first morning’ feel.   ~ Andrea Reece

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The First Slodge Synopsis

A wonderfully original and witty picture book from the award-winning author, Jeanne Willis (Who's in the Loo? andThe Bog Baby). This humorous exploration of sharing and friendship carries an important message: that the world belongs to everyone. Captivating illustrations from Jenni Desmond (Red Cat, Blue Cat) will delight adults and children alike.

The Good Book Guide Review

The first Slodge saw the first moon and stars, and took a bite out of the first fruit. The next day, she saw another bite had been taken. There was another Slodge! The two Slodges fight over the fruit. Then the second Slodge saves the first Slodge, and they realise it is better to share. This unusual story cleverly uses made-up characters to introduce the concept of sharing subtly and skilfully. (Ages 3–6)

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ISBN: 9781848690394
Publication date: 06/04/2015
Publisher: Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848690394
Publication date: 6th April 2015
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
Publisher: Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband. Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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