Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Greenaway Shorlist - Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf - Please let us know what you think in the comments.

The gods have created a world - they've built mountains, a sea and a sky - and now their days are filled with long naps in the clouds (and tea and cake). That's until Harry, Sue and Little Ben begin to fill the gaps of the world with: a mousy thing, a chirpy thing, and a twisty legless thing. As the children's ideas take shape, the power of their visions proves to be greater than they, or the gods, could ever have imagined.

From the well designed dust jacket and stunning cover to the highly stylised graphic novel interior, this is a magnificent celebration of the power of the imagination. There is a clever juxtaposition of black and white to reflect the stale imagination of the beautifully languid gods and vivid full colour panels to reflect the power of ideas. This is particularly felt in the intense image of the wolf. Red is used to great effect to signify that dangerous moment of creation.


  1. I have just finished reading this book and i found the pictures really strange, some of them were a little bit rude but i just found that it wasnt realistic as much as i would of liked it to have been. Over all it was a great book and the pictures really made the story come alive.

    Izzy Pontin

  2. Hi Izzy, thank you for your comment. You have made me want to see what the pictures in the book are like. I will read it today and let you know. I'm really glad you are getting on well with this blog. Well done!

  3. I really liked this book. This book is a story about Greek type gods and are depicted like they would have been drawn in artistic drawings and I think that is what Izzy is referring to when she say that some of the pictures are rude. The pictures are unusual but beautifully drawn and I like the story a lot. If it is a story with a message though I'm not sure what that is. Has anyone else read this book?

    1. I, too, would like to know what message most students are finding from this book. Anyone want to venture out and let us know? I find it intriguing, yet disturbing...the power of the imagination to create with lasting impact, perhaps?
      Mrs. Davis