Friday, April 29, 2011

Slog's Dad by David Almond. NOT RECOMMENDED

Almond, David & Illustrated by McKean, Dave Slog’s Dad, 64 pgs. Candlewick Press, 2011. $11.99. Content: Mature Content-PG

Slog’s loves his dad, who is a smelly garbage man. When Slog’s dad loses his life, after a series of gradual amputations, Slog is convinced he will see him again. His dad promised him. One day, when he is hanging out with his friend Davie, Slog spies a man in the park. He is convinced that this man is his Dad, returned for a single visit, and he is determined to convince Davie as well.
I am all for art forms eliciting an emotional response. I think the sign of a great work is when that emotional response also prompts a call for action. For example: after reading The Giving Tree one might feel sad, but then want to appreciate nature more, or try save a local park, or develop a deeper concept of friendship. After reading this book, I felt grim, stark, depressed, and cold with no means provided for escape. Even the many illustrations, which without context are intriguing, in context only contribute to the horror I felt after reading this. Not recommended for anyone, let alone young students. In fact it creeps me out so much I don’t even want it in my house.
Elementary–Not Recommended. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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