Academic journal article Language Arts

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

Academic journal article Language Arts

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf Written by David Almond Illustrated by Dave McKean Candlewick, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-5912-7

The latest collaboration from author David Almond and illustrator Dave McKean results in an original tale that invites questions, challenges beliefs, and urges readers to muster up the courage to turn the page. In Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, Harry, Sue, and Little Ben decide to fill their seemingly boring world, "a world rather like this one," with new creatures. They imagine into being a "kind of mousy thing," a "kind of birdy thing," and a "long and twisty legless thing," as the gods in the heavens above indulge in tea and long naps. Each imagined animal becomes progressively larger and more violent-that is, until Harry commands a wolf to life, and the wolf swallows Harry and Sue in one bite.

Little Ben takes it upon himself to command the wolf back to "clay and wool and sticks and stones and petals and nuts and grass" to save Harry and Sue. …

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