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Slog’s Dad by David Almond, Illustrated by Dave McKean

Slog’s Dad by David Almond, Illus. Dave McKean. Pub. Walker Books Ltd, 2010.

A book for reluctant readers that talks about some of the deep things in life like living, health and dieing.

Davie has a friend Slog and Slog’s father is dead. His father was a heavy smoker and bit by bit he lost his legs and the rest was going too. Before he died he promised Slog he would come back and see him in the spring and Slog believed him.

One day in early spring Davie and Slog are out walking and Slog sees a tramp that looks and dresses just like his father used to. Slog  is positive that the tramp is his father come back to see him. You will have to make your own mind up about that.

A short story that won The National Short Story competition in 2007, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and now it is a book illustrated by Dave McKean who famously illustrated Neil Gaiman’s picture book Wolves in the Walls and the Newbery medal winning The Graveyard Book. Read these as well they are brilliant stories.

Dave McKean’s illustrations are just brilliant and give a dimension to the story that is supportive of the written text, yet add a mysterious element of their own.

Will appeal to many levels from Intermediate to Senior Secondary. Don’t miss it.

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