There are times you read a book and cannot stop but think about what the author tried to communicate and how. “Mouse Bird Snake Wolf” by David Almond is all about creation and what happens when the Gods get lazy and do not wish to create anymore. Sounds fun, isn’t it? When humans are left to create? But what if children start doing that? Then what are the consequences? These are the questions raised quite well by Almond, through a wonderful story and even more arresting illustrations by Dave McKean.
You will be able to read the book in one whole gulp. There is no other way to read this book. Harry, Sue and Ben find their world empty. Of course they would! The Gods did not finish creating it. They did create a lot and then went about their business of merriment. And then the kids wanted to fill the empty spaces so they create something with twigs, grass and earth, and things begin to go out of control.
David Almond and Dave McKean are a killer team with this book. The illustrations are menacing and also wondrous when it comes to the Gods and their lives up above. This book is for both, children and adults according to me. It is about a world gone wrong and then made right. It is about what happens when control is taken over and how things change. A read for some introspection, for some fun and also just because you have to read a David Almond book.