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The Savage

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  936 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
Mysterious and utterly mesmerizing, this graphic-novel-within-a-novel
pairs the extraordinary prose of David Almond with the visual genius of
Dave McKean.

Blue Baker is writing a story — not all that stuff about wizards and fairies and happily ever after — a real story, about blood and guts and adventures, because that's what life's really like. At least it is for Blue, since
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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Gorgona Grim
Mar 01, 2017 Gorgona Grim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
„Divljak" je grafička novela izdata u saradnji između Komika i Orfelina. Ukoliko tražite priču koja će vas pomeriti ali ne i opteretiti, našli ste je. Okosnicu priče čini susret koji je glavnom protagonisti pomogao da prihvati događaje koji su ga zadesili i da se sa njima izbori.

Koncept oblikovanja ove knjige je odličan - jasno vidimo nešto starijeg dečaka Blua u odnosu na nešto mlađeg koji je u dodiru sa Divljakom. Kolorit crteža i font koji predstavlja rukopis nas na asocijativnom nivou lako
May 22, 2016 Kristijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nit vodilja "Divljaka" je neki vid coming-of-age situacije u kojoj glavni lik, dečak Blu, treba da se izbori sa činjenicom da njegovog oca više nema i da on mora da nastavi sa životom i da se nekako izbori za sebe (jer ga pri svemu tome maltretira dečak iz susedstva). U toj i takvoj situaciji on prvobitno treba da pretoči svoje emocije u reči i da piše o sebi, svom bolu i tugovanju. Međutim, iz njega će proisteći jedna druga priča... Priča o Divljaku.

Oni koji su čitali "Sedam minuta posle ponoći
Nov 30, 2010 Malbadeen rated it it was amazing
When I was 22 my dad was killed in a car accident. He spent 2 or 3 weeks in ICU and everyday we were told something different about his condition; variations on, "he might live, he might die".

At the time my youngest sibling was 10. On the day he did die, I drove my mom to pick up my sister from where she was staying. When she got in the car, she asked when our dad would be coming home and my mom got in the back of the car and told her that he wouldn't be coming home. Seeing my sister collapse o
Nov 30, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
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Dec 11, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Blue has been told that he should write things down to help him deal with his father's death. It all seems forced and useless until he starts to write a story about The Savage, a boy who lives alone in the woods near their small town, eats animals and murders anyone who glimpses him. Blue has to deal not only with his own grief and his mother's and sister's but also with a bully named Hopper. Hopper is featured in the stories about The Savage as are others in Blue's small community. As Blue begi ...more
Zorana Mitrović
Apr 07, 2016 Zorana Mitrović rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2016
Veoma slično "Sedam minuta posle ponoći" u kojoj dečak Konor komunicira sa čudovištem u vidu drveta kako bi se lakše izborio sa problemima i činjenicom da mu je majka smrtno bolesna, a u "Divljaku" je glavni lik dečak Blu Bejker koji nakon smrti svog oca počinje da piše o "divljaku", dečaku koji je nalik njemu, ali je neustrašiv i živi u pećini i koji se ne plaši da se suprostavi dečaku koji ga svakodnevno maltretira.

Ilustracije su fenomalne, obožavam grafičke novele ovog tipa, dajem joj 4 jer
Mary Lee
Dec 28, 2008 Mary Lee rated it really liked it
The power of story. Healing a deep grief. Another bully goes down.
Sarah Sammis
Jan 13, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
The Savage is a graphic novel written by David Almond and illustrated by Dave McKean. McKean is best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls. David Almond has written Skellig, The Fire-Eaters, and Clay among others. Both Almond and McKean are new to me.

The Savage starts off a bit like any of a number of British boy coming of age novels. I was most reminded of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nig
Monica Edinger
Jul 06, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it
David Almond got me years ago with Skellig and Heaven Eyes. The weirder the better, I guess! I also quite his golem story, Clay. His more overtly nostalgic stories like The Fire-Eaters, beautifully written as they are, they haven't gotten to me as much as these odder ones do. And now there is a new odd one, The Savage. It is an incredibly powerful story of coping with extreme loss and bullying. Two stories actually that intertwine with each other. The main one of Blue and the sudden loss of his ...more
Sam Quixote
Feb 11, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
A boy loses his father to a heart attack and he and his mum and little sister are left to deal with the grief. He's also being bullied at school. He's told to write about it as it might ease his grief but instead writes a novel entitled "The Savage". But suddenly the things he writes about happen in real life and he's left to wonder if his character, the Savage, has come to life.

David Almond writes an interesting novella that's obviously aimed at a different audience to me (late twenties) and mo
Erin Reilly-Sanders
At first I was rather perturbed by the bad spelling of Blue's original story. The change in font was enough distinction from the first person narrative that I didn't really need the mistakes, especially that many. To me, this started the story off a little forced-feeling. I also really wanted to like the pictures but somehow I've never been able to convince myself that I like McKean's work, perhaps because like in this case it didn't completely fit the story. The rawness is certainly right on, b ...more
Moby F.
Dec 07, 2016 Moby F. rated it really liked it
I lost my father when i was young so this book is somehow a bit sentimental to me. Love the graphic, love the fonts (like really, the fonts *heart in my eyes*) and Blue. When fantasy becomes reality, it creates a wonder. I somehow feel bad for Blue.

A very exciting imagination, at a point. I actually love the story very much. Ending making me all smiling.

"... it's time to move forward, to share the story, to let it go."
Alix Estrada
Oct 15, 2014 Alix Estrada rated it really liked it
The book "The Savage" was an AMAZING book because the story at the end had a little twist.The book is also like a mystery at the same time.I would recomend this book to a classmate because it has a lot of parts where it leaves you wanting more.If it had a series I would want more information about the book.Even though this book is short I really enjoyed it.This book was one of the best books I have read.
Robin Kempf
Feb 02, 2016 Robin Kempf rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It's for older kids, 10ish maybe, through young adult, and it is short with illustrations, but it is powerful. The story is about a boy facing the death of a parent and the advent of a cruel bully, and also how he uses writing to help him get through. So ultimately it is about healing and family. There is some fanciful magic in this book, but it is all so pleasant for the hero that you want it to be real. A quick read and worth it.
May 27, 2016 Beatrice rated it it was ok
The book the Savage by David Almond wasn't a very good book. It wasn't exactly something I would want to read if it was over 150+ pages. But luckily for me, it was around 80 pages with majority of the pages being artwork-- which I enjoyed the most. Though I do believe this would be good for people who enjoy illustrations for the art is sloppy but quite amazing. Though do be aware that there is light cursing in this book.
Anna Ranario
Jun 02, 2016 Anna Ranario rated it liked it
The Savage, written by David Almond is a quick read, recommended by a friend, that shows a comic in a novel. This novel holds a mysterious side of the plot and the majority its pages as artwork was quite pleasing to see. Honestly, it was an "okay" book to read, but it got be to reach my AR goal, so I do recommend The Savage if one wants a fast book to read.
Dec 19, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, fantasy
An excellent book on dealing with grief and anger after the death of a loved one.

Very British language, some kids might not get things like what an allotment is, but the overall theme is universal.
AJ (the.booknerd.reads)
Jul 16, 2015 AJ (the.booknerd.reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This was a very moving story. It reminds me a lot of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A brilliant, short book.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Lovely book-making, great pictures, and a solid short story. But it did not make me think hard or feel strongly for the story or the character.
Mar 24, 2017 Gina rated it really liked it
This was a cute book about a young boy who lost his father and was being bullied. It was wrote by the small boy as a way of coping. I loved the lessons that was taught on these subjects. Loved the artwork also. It is sketchy and protraded the characters perfectly.
Bravo! Once again I am left astounded. Slog's Dad delighted me so much, I was afraid to pick up anything by a collaboration of Almond and McKean for fear it would prove underwhealming. But guess what? I actually enjoyed this more than the other!

I think David Almond stories and my brain mesh really, really well, which is... unexpected. He has these common themes that show up in his works that I cannot relate to at all - I'm not a boy, I've almost never been bullied, my childhood wasn't as free ha
Elissa Tetrault
This book is about a boy whose father passed away. He is bullied at school and has a lot on his mind, so he decides to write a story about the Savage. These stories allowed him to release his emotions. In these stories about the Savage, he talks about the Savage being mean to the bully, and talks about his encounters with the Savage.

I liked how this book discussed real life issues. Children sometimes do have to deal with the loss of a loved one, and writing can help release any emotions they hav
Madison Henson
Mar 01, 2017 Madison Henson rated it really liked it
A savage like truly wild kid, Hopper. He was couldn't talk and didn't know where he from, how wander and poor he is. Other boy "Blue" who had nightmare about Hopper. Blue told his mother, but she thought it joke. Blue wrote his dream do happen about Hopper, keep that writing, these for his family, if Blue have turn by Hopper. It's savage, come to life in the real world. I feel gloomy as sadly as terribly.
LH Johnson
The wild child phenomenon is something that's been represented repeatedly in literature, perhaps most notably in the case of The Wild Boy of Aveyron. But it's never been treated like this.

Almond and McKean have produced a strange, enthralling hybrid of a book. It's not quite picture book, it's not quite graphic novel, it's a layer between the two - switching from one story to the other and then eventually, beautifully tightening the gaps between the two. I won't attempt to write a synopsis of
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
I have previously read "The Skellig" by David Almond and really liked it. So, I was eager to read another book by Almond. When I saw that Dave McKean (illustrator for many of Gaimen's kid's books and graphic novels) had illustrated this I had to read it. The story was interesting but not what I expected.

The story is written in two alternating parts. It starts as a normal printed book with a kid, Blue, talking about how he wrote a story as a younger kid about a Savage in a notebook. He started th
Jul 11, 2016 Jody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 6-9th grade
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D Curtis
Feb 13, 2017 D Curtis rated it it was amazing
The Savage by David Almond is a very very interesting book, but it excites me in a weird way. The content of this book is very well thought out and the author did a good job of making everything connect in this book. if you read this book you will love it and by far I say this is by far the most exciting holiday book i have ever read. It is about a boy named Blue who starts to writes stories about a savage, which his stories are very well based on his surroundings. Blue's stories turn out be re ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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This is a strange combination of picture book and novel for older readers that is unsettling at best. A young boy's fantasy, the story and the illustrations are both filled with raw emotions that border on frightening and reflects the main character's own experiences and feelings.

Blue's counselor advises him to try writing down his feelings to help deal with the pain of his father's death, but that really doesn't work very well. Then Blue starts to wr
Delma Matta
The Savage by David Almond
One of the unique characteristics of this book is that it has alternate sections. It starts like a regular story and then it has another section that discusses the story of “Savage”. Blue is the main character early in the story his father dies and Blue has to deal with all the emotions and anger inside of him. This is when the counselor tells him to write down his feelings however Blue thinks of a better idea. Blue begins to write about a Savage Kid who lives in the wo
When Blue Baker's father dies, Blue seeks solace in writing. His school counselor encourages him to write down his emotions, but Blue finds more comfort in developing the story of a character he calls "The Savage." In his own way, The Savage lives out the fears, emotions, and desires of his creator, to the extent that Blue begins to wonder whether The Savage is actually alive.

Told in alternating perspectives between Blue's reflections years later, and clips from the story he is actively writing
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David Almond is a British children's writer who has penned several novels, each one to critical acclaim. He was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post-industrial North East England and educated at the University of East Anglia. When he was young, he found his love of writing when some short stories of his were published in a local magazine. He started out as an author of adult fiction be ...more
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