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The Savage by David Almond
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bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, illustrated, juvenile
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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, but annoying details like the savage's dog skin clothing and chicken feathers were missing and there isn't quite the same sense of development that the story exhibits in the illustrations. I'm also not sure how I feel about Hopper getting actually beat up but I thought the ending was quite lovely and allowed me to look back at the story and discover surprising depth to its short chapters.
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