Slog's Dadby David Almond, Dave McKean Published 01 Sep 2010
|Publisher||Walker & Company|
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Part story, part graphic novel - a tender slice of life and death from the creators of "The Savage". Do you believe there's life after death? Slog does. He reckons that the scruffy bloke sitting outside the pork shop is his dad come back to visit him for one last time - just like he'd said he would, just before he died. Slog's mate Davie isn't convinced. But how does this man know everything Slog's dad would know? Because Slog says it really is his dad, that's how.
"Slog's Dad" Reviews
راوی، داستان دوستش (اسلاگ) و پدر وی را روایت میکند. پدری که به علت بیماری فوت میکند ولی به پسرش قول داده که در بهار بر میگردد. اسلاگ در جاهای مختلفی پدرش را میبیند و با وی حرف میزند. داستان کتاب با تصویرسازی که داشت خیلی راحت پیش میرفت.
خواندن این داستان مرا یاد کتاب «میکهارته اینجا بود» از باربارا پارک میانداخت.
کتابهای تصویری جالبن اینم دوست داشتم ولی فکر میکردم بیشتر ارتباط برقرار کنم باهاش. مخصوصا با تصویراش. در کل خوب بود، یا شاید متوسط بالا.
I came across Slog’s Dad on the recommendation of a 6 year old girl, and must confess now that without her, I never would have picked this book up off the shelf. An interesting hybrid of a graphic novel and a short story, Slog’s Dad shines as it demonstrates just how powerful illustration can be, as the punch delivered by Slog’s Dad is not only through David Almond’s words, but also the double page spread created by Dave McKean. Not wanting to give away too much about the plot in this review, I have to say that I can fully understand why this has become a favourite of the young child who advocated it to me, and I urge you to read the book and then decide what message you think is being conveyed.
Only 55 or so pages long, Slog’s Dad is an incredibly powerful short story where the narrative is interspersed with pictures that in some places relate emotions that Davie, our narrator simply cannot put into words. For such a short story, Almond and McKean pack a lot into this hybrid novel as complicated issues of loss, hope and the spirituality are approached by the two young boys. The book is aimed at children 8 and above and I think could be used in a variety of ways within the classroom, from literacy where the idea of different dialects could be approached, to understanding the beliefs of different religions or as a way of approaching the idea of loss the emotions linked to this in PSHE.
El señor Almond tiene una capacidad para presentar lo extraño, para jugar con lo ominoso, que me está empezando a sorprender.
Originally a short story, this small book is eerie, haunting and achingly sad. Slog’s father is dead and he knows it. But when he sees the scruffy man outside the butcher shop, he knows that it is his father who has returned to see him. But Davie, his best friend, is just as convinced that this man is a fake. The story explores the way that Slog’s father died, slowly and by tangible steps. It is a story of grief but also one of hope that asks unanswerable questions and allows readers to stay in the in-between world where hope thrives but so does doubt.
Almond and McKean paired up for The Savage, an amazing work of fiction. This story is gentler and hopeful. It quietly explores grief, allowing the poignant moments to live, hover and hope. It is a story of dreams and beauty, of the unexpected and the amazing. Almond’s writing is at times so blunt that it is traumatic and unblinking. At other times, it is eerie and bizarre. And at still others it is haunting, hopeful and trembling.
McKean’s illustrations help bring the story to a new level. From the almost photographic detail of some of them, where the warped faces are the only clue that you are not looking at a photograph to the line drawings that soar with greens and blues hovering above heads. These are illustrations that explore the emotions of the book. They are not concerned with a unified look and feel, but with the look and feel that is right for that moment in the story.
A gorgeous work of writing and art, this book is a testament to grief, hope and wonder. Appropriate for ages 9-12.