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Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf

Almond, David, 1951-

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf
Using sticks, leaves, and clay, Little Ben makes a mouse, Sue, a bird, and Harry, a snake, but when they create a terrifying wolf that turns on them, Little Ben must summon the courage to save them.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763659127
Branch Call Number: J FIC A
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave Illustrator


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Jul 26, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

Nov 26, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

"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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