In David Almond and Dave McKean’s hauntingly beautiful and original creation fable, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, a host of gods and goddesses create a world full of wondrous things before they tire and become more interested in taking tea and naps than in finishing their work. Three children, Harry, Sue and Ben, enjoy their world, but they notice its unfinished quality, finding its gaps and empty spaces both appealing and frightening, and they call out to the gods to make more things. When the gods remain silent, they take it upon themselves to create the things they think the world needs by imagining and sculpting their creatures from found objects and then bringing them to life with their words and their sense of the way the creatures should sound and move: little Ben creates a mouse, Sue a bird, and Harry a snake. While Ben is happy with the new creatures they have made, Harry and Sue want a bigger challenge, and together, against Ben’s protests, they imagine a wolf.
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