Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond and Dave McKean, reviewed by Simon Mason
Almond/McKean is a double act that’s hard to beat. The third of their graphic novel collaborations, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf is the most beautiful, but perhaps also the most unsettling. (Hats off to Walker, it’s also fabulously produced.) Previous books Slog’s Dad and The Savage, both about the death of a father, are private and raw. Geordie tales, they are not just personal but local too. The writing, in classic David Almond style, is powerfully emotional; the pictures, as always with Dave McKean, brilliantly arresting. They begin with pain and end with consolation. In some ways the new book reverses that. It’s not personal, but universal; not enclosed but spacious. It begins with beauty and wonder and ends with unease.