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The First Slodge

Written by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

The First Slodge Synopsis

Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge. The first Slodge in the universe. She saw the first moon and stars, the first fruits and flowers. Mine, all mine! she said. But what if there was not just one Slodge . . . but two? A wonderfully original and witty picture book from the award-winning author, Jeanne Willis (Who's in the Loo? and The 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. A book to share and treasure.

The First Slodge Press Reviews

Written like a spider's web - delicate and strong - The First Slodge contains equally impressive illustrations, full of flowing movement and energy with a sumptuous palette of soothing and sophisticated greens and blues... Funny, gentle, and full of life The First Slodge is a warmhearted parable about how things are better together when shared with generosity. * - Playing By the Book Blog * Part quirky creation myth, part friendship fable... an inviting setting for readers to explore themes of friendship, sharing, and stewardship. * - Publishers Weekly * A witty tale of a strange creature who wants to keep everything to itself, the message underlying this book is that sharing and friendship are far more rewarding than ownership. We like the originality and the simple illustrations. * - Mr Fox Magazine * We love the way this book wraps up - with a joyous page spread celebrating the diversity of life and how we truly do take for granted how we share our space in the world with a zillion other amazing creatures. But ... The Slodge is definitely the star and we absolutely ADORE her, squishy and green as she is! * - Read It Daddy Blog * A new text from Jeanne Willis is always a cause for celebration and this pairing with new illustration talent Jenni Desmond could introduce her fabulous writing to a style-savvy audience... [The First Slodge] is a gentle story that will capture the imagination and create conversation. A brilliant book, recommended for all! -- - Books for Keeps Learning to take a place in society and to become yourself amongst others that share the world with you is a large undertaking for a children's picturebook. But with careful text and sensitivity towards the Slodge and her journey, Jeanne Willis has pulled it off beautifully. This coupled with Jenni Desmond's friendly, playful illustrations (with fantastic facial expressions) deliver the large undertaking marvellously... I would gift this book to any child, young or old. -- - Children's Books Ireland Almost a kind of creation story; it's beautifully and simply expressed verbally and beautifully portrayed visually and, one to share as widely as possible. * - Jill R Bennett * Heartwarming story with lovely characterful, expressive illustrations. Utterly charming offering from a promising new pairing. * - Peter's Books * Inspiring and beautiful are the words I'd use to describe this book... I get a little teary eyed at the end of the book. * - Chaos Castle *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848690387
Publication date: 6th April 2015
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
Publisher: Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Jeanne Willis

Jeanne is an internationally acclaimed children's author. Her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Nestle Children's Book Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in 2004. She lives in London with her husband and two children. When she's not in her East London studio, you can find Jenni Desmond cooking, cycling, and swapping city life for long hikes down by the sea shore or up in the hills and the mountains. Having graduated with a master's degree in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art (UK), her debut ...

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