Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

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The imagination of three children takes on unexpected life in a creation tale from the dream team of David Almond and Dave McKean.

The gods have created a world that is safe and calm and rather wonderful. They have built mountains, forests, and seas and filled the world with animals, people, and unnamed beasts. Now their days are fat with long naps in the clouds, mutual admiration, and tea and cake. But their world has gaps in it filled with emptiness, gaps that intrigue Harry, Sue, and little Ben until they begin to see what might fill them. One by one the children conjure, from twigs and leaves and stones, a mousy thing, a chirpy thing, and a twisty legless thing. But as the children's ideas grow bolder, the power of their visions proves greater and more dangerous than they, or the gods, could ever have imagined. Is it possible to unmake what's been made?
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780763659127
Branch Call Number: J FIC Almon 6939
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave


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Jul 26, 2014

A slightly skewed take on gods and creation and ordinary people. The book cover grabbed my attention as did the artwork.

JCLChrisK Nov 26, 2013

I could happily stare at Dave McKean's artwork all day, so he is the reason I picked up this book and I expected to like his contribution. In the reading, though, I learned that David Almond has given him marvelous words to work from, and the two complement, supplement, and expand each other's parts of this tale. It's an original (semi-)creation myth, and I think I like it better than most of the traditional creation myths I've encountered. This is one to revisit time and again, because I'm sure I'll discover new dimensions each time I choose to dwell in it.

ChristchurchLib Jul 23, 2013

"When the gods create a safe, calm world and settle into a lazy routine of self-contentment and admiration, young Harry, Sue and little Ben struggle with feelings of emptiness and begin building imaginative innovations from everyday materials, sparking the fears of their creators." Kids' Books July 2013 newsletter

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