Synopses & Reviews
The ineffable nature of grieving and belief inspires a tender, gritty, and breathtaking work of graphic storytelling from the creators of The Savage.
"Slogger, man," I said. "Your dad’s dead."
"I know that, Davie. But it’s him. He’s come back again, like he said he would."
Do you believe in life after death? Slog does. He believes that the scruffy man on a bench outside the butcher shop is his dad, returned to visit him one last time. Slog’s friend Davie isn’t so sure. Can it be that some mysteries are never meant to be solved? And that belief, at times, is its own reward? The acclaimed creators of The Savage reunite for a feat of graphic storytelling that defies categorization. Eerie, poignant, and masterful, Slog’s Dad is a tale of astonishing power and complexity.
"Another haunting and beautiful book from the U.K. team that produced The Savage in 2008. Almond, winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award, has written a pitch-perfect story about a boy who believes that his father has returned to visit him, as he promised he would do before his death. The volume is richly and poetically illustrated by McKean (The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish), who offers gorgeous sequences that intercut with the text, showing a boy assembling a paper man, removing the balloon head from a scarecrow, and reading a superhero comic. These visual excursions illustrate events that are not narrated in the text but that add fullness and dimension to the character, drawing out the grieving boy's emotional state by showing us the melancholy, hopeful fantasy world he inhabits. Through narration from a skeptical friend, Davie, the reader is allowed to question Slog's experience while believing in it, too. The concise story opens a window onto the boy's enormous loss by narrating a single, puzzling event. McKean's images are edgy and startling, helping to create a stunning match of them with the words. Ages 7 up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
David Almond is known worldwide as the Michael L. Printz, Carnegie, Whitbread, and Smarties award–winning author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays, including The Savage, also illustrated by Dave McKean. He lives in Northumberland, England.
Dave McKean is a world-renowned artist, designer, and film director who has illustrated several books for children, including The Savage by David Almond, and Coraline, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and The Wolves in the Wall, all by Neil Gaiman. Dave McKean lives in England.