Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf

Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf

Book - 2013
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Long ago and far wasy there was a world of wonder. The gods filled it with oceans, mountains and beasts, but then grew tired. The world was still unfinished, so Harry, Sue and Ben decide to take things into their own hands. They create a mousy thing, a feathery thing, then a scaly thing. Do they dare to create a hairy thing that howls and snarls, and has great big teeth?
Publisher: London : Walker, 2013.
ISBN: 9781406322897
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
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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