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Slog's Dad

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  344 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 57 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Walker & Company (first published 2010)
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Sara Kamjou
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. ...more
Sep 23, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Slog's dad is dead. Is that homeless man him, brought back in a different form to visit his son? Slog is certain that he is. His friend, Davie (our narrator) is certain he's not. Almond leaves it an open question for the reader.

The book alternates between Almond's prose and pages of wordless Dave McKean art, both telling different parts of the same story. Both can work on their own, but make a much more beautiful whole when combined. Think The Invention of Hugo Cabret in presentation. It's very
Sep 07, 2012 Juliette rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
LH Johnson
Jul 22, 2013 LH Johnson rated it it was amazing
You know, sometimes, how a book catches you? How it sits there very quietly until you notice it and then, just, holds you to it? This is one of those books.

I've talked about the wonder of David Almond before, and about his skill in capturing the quiet, and yet somehow immense, magic of the everyday. He makes me rampantly, vividly, awfully,  jealous of his skill. If you look back at his books that I've reviewed (The SavageMy Name Is MinaMouse Bird Snake Wolf), they're all five stars. All of t
Jun 28, 2013 Siina rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adults
I was really interested in this book, since it's a short story and I liked the idea of combining that with illustrations. The plot is actually great and sad at the same time - it's always an utter loss when parents die. Almond wrote the story nicely so that it's not too dark and it has that taste of life in it.

Personally I didn't like the way Slog talked or his naive optimism (read stupidity) all that much. I would've wanted to know Slog's age, since he seemed underdeveloped as opposed to Davie.
I know there is a lot of debate in the use of the term Graphic Novel over Comic or Long Comic, and sometimes Picture Book. Shaun Tan writes Picture Books for not just small children; he is unabashed with his use of the term. David Almond’s Slog’s Dad leans close to Tan’s work with its pages of text alternating with pages of Illustrations (framed out and sequential) by Dave McKean. The Illustrated pages (after establishing a beginning, before Almond’s beginning, seems to plumb the emotional depth ...more
Such a strange find!

Slog's Dad is about Slog, a boy who recently lost his father in one of the most nightmarish ways possible; however, before his death, his father promised his son to "come back." A year or so later, as Slog is running around with his friend, he sees his father sitting on a bench in the park... Is Slog imagining this? Is the man really his father? Just what is going on?

And thus this strange setup opens a window: a look inside the life of a grieving boy and the people around hi
Jun 13, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
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 ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jun 01, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
David McKean has a distinct, easily recognizable artistic style. It's a mixture of collage and illustration that evokes visceral, emotional responses. He has collaborated with Neil Gaiman but the first time I saw his art was in The Savage by David Almond. The two collaborated again in Slog's Dad.

This is a short book and like The Savage is a hybrid graphic novel. Davie isn't convinced in life after death but his friend Slog is. His dad made a death bed promise to visit him again. Slog believes th
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.
Mar 16, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, comics
Beautiful, haunting artwork; understated exploration of grief; interesting philosophical themes.
Sep 30, 2014 Tirisays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant. I love the interaction between image and word to tell a sad, but beautiful tale.
Velmi podobne Volání netvora len utlejsie. Asi som novy fan Davida Almonda.
Feb 07, 2017 Hossein rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
so sad.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I have, some may call a morbid, interest in stories that deal with death. From a Christian perspective, but also how people of different beliefs grieve and deal with it and how that compares to the Christian experience.

First of all, this book was not what I had expected. The publisher's tagline "Do you believe in life after death?" and the book's summary had me expecting a story dealing with reincarnation. That couldn't be further from this book's theme. Also the publisher re
Aug 07, 2015 Mandy rated it liked it
When I found this little gem at a booksale for a few bucks, I simply had to have it. David McKean illustrated it after all, and I'm a big fan of his work. David Almond's story is fairly straightforward. The narrator's friend Slog insists that his deceased father has promised to return in the spring, and return he does-not in spectral fashion either. He is, for a few minutes, a living, breathing man once more. He's even got a fancy new pair of legs (the disease that claimed his life necessitated ...more
Feb 24, 2017 Ellie rated it it was ok
It was an easy,short book nothing particularly amazing about it.
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: before he died, Slog's dad promised him he'd be back to visit Slog when spring came. but still, Slog's bestie Davie can't help but be suspicious when when Slog starts talking to a hobo on a bench claiming to be his dad. all Slog knows is that his dad kept his word and he has one last moment to share with him before he's truly gone.

i'm going to go a bit outside of the box with this review, and not share any other plot points of this book. it's SO much better for you to discov
Apr 27, 2012 Caren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, ya
Interestingly,this year David Almond has books shortlisted for both the Carnegie Medal ("My Name is Mina") and the Kate Greenaway Medal. For this book, the book shortlisted for the Greenaway, his words are magnified by the unusual illustrations of Dave McKean. The Kate Greenaway award is given for illustrations in a book for children. I wouldn't call this a book entirely meant for children, or at least, not for young children. It is a mystical, unsettling book, as are many of David Almond's work ...more
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Alison for Big Book Little Book

I have mixed feelings about this book. Visually it is superb, the style very similar to ‘The Savage’, another Almond and McKean collaboration and I book that I adored. I love that some pictures look almost photographic until you look at the faces. I love the mainly green undertones that make the other colours stand out all the more. For once I also like that the pictures stand alone, with the story they tell told in an almost storyboard fashion. It is through these
Oct 08, 2010 Joanne rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
I had this book left over from when I planed to do Death and Bereavement Month last year, which became a week event instead. This book really doesn't have me as the intended audience, because I simply didn't get it.

Story wise, I suppose it was kind of cute. Slog is convinced this homeless guy he sees is his dead Dad, though his best mate, Davie, thinks he's been taken in by this man and it's a packof lies. I finished it not knowing whether it actually was his Dad, or just a kind homeless man who
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I hadn't really heard much about this one before I saw it in the library the other day. I've loved David Almond's stories in the past and couldn't pass this one up. I decided as it was quite short that I'd read it there and then in the aisles of my library's middle grade section. Like The Savage, a previous Almond/McKean pairing, Slog's Dad is a story as well as graphic novel. I think David Almond and Dave McKean both bring wonderful things to this story, from the beautiful illustrations to the ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, arc
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Mary Winter
Before he died, Slog's dad promised his son that he would receive legs in heaven and walk back down to earth to visit him. When Slog tells his friend Davie that his dad has actually returned from heaven, though, Davie has a hard time believing it's true.

This title is an illustrated book (not quite a graphic novel) appropriate for grades 4-8.

This book, with it's high level of emotional honesty, would be good for a public library to provide for any child dealing with grief over the death of a love
Travis Berketa
Jun 04, 2013 Travis Berketa rated it it was ok
The blurb reads: "In Slog's Dad Almond and McKean have collaborated to create a graphic novel that will astonish..." In some regards, this may be true. Dave McKean's artwork is truly magnificent and I found myself admiring his handiwork throughout the story. However, I was not at all astonished by David Almond's story, other than wondering how it got to be runner-up in the 2007 National Short Story Prize.

Basically, it is about a boy whose father dies a horrible death, where his legs are amputate
It's a touching story, but one that is hard to recommend. The dialect is very British, in a way that occasionally interrupts the flow of the story. As is often the case, Dave McKean turned in some really interesting artwork that is not directly illustrative, so younger readers may not appreciate it. Older readers will probably understand most of the illustrations. I'm not sure anyone will understand all of them, typical of McKean.
At the heart of the story is a boy getting one last chance to have
Jun 07, 2011 Ellyn rated it liked it
This is a tough book to place. I appreciated the combination of the short story and the graphic illustrations, but it is difficult to recommend the right audience. I agree with other reviewers that it feels too short, but I also believe that more plot would probably ruin the atmosphere of the piece. It took me a second go-around to appreciate the illustrations (though I still understood the paper doll sequence more than the balloon scarecrow sequence). The brevity of the story, the use of colloq ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Almond is one of my favorite authors, and I tend to devour his new books. (So much so, that I've been considering paying the $30.00 bucks for an import of his latest, "My Name is Mina.")

This was a bit of a disappointment, but only because of its shortness. It truly is a gorgeous book with amazing illustrations from McKean, but it's simply a short story blown up a bit. A good short story, but I'm not sure if it required an entire book.

Again, being an enourmous fan of Almond, it almost pains
Heather Noble
Mar 28, 2012 Heather Noble rated it really liked it
The story is brief and as in other David Almond stories the reader must suspend disbelief and accept exceptional even supernatural experiences and emotions of the characters. For me this is not difficult as Almond's prose style invites and mesmerises and it would not be courteous to deny the invitation.
The text is brief and the illustrations by Dave McKean fill those spaces in the imagination and psyche of Slog that the author does not articulate.
It seems to me that the book effectively and emo
Eleanor With Cats
This was a short story in an anthology; after it was a runner-up for the National Short Story Prize in 2007 it was reprinted several times, including as this 57-page beautifully illustrated book. Dave McKean is the artist who's illustrated any number of Neil Gaiman works and the cats in Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw.

Slog's Dad is like A Monster Calls except shorter and not.
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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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