Maggot Moon

Maggot MoonMaggot Moon by Sally Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Standish Treadwell seems a completely unique YA voice and as a character totally believable and there. He made me think of Riddley Waker or Huck Finn with his simple forthright cleverness. The malapropisms and odd turns of phrase, he uses in his narration to describe his world, and the people in it, create such individual and unusual images that it lends a dark humour, and a sense of hope, to what might have otherwise been a very bleak story.

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Tinder

TinderTinder by Sally Gardner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A dark dream-like fairytale that examines love and the horrors of war. Tinder is an exquisitely designed book, filled with a beautiful poetic prose, and amazing angular black and white (and red) illustrations that interact in unique ways with the text. The story, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Tinderbox fairytale, which I have yet to read, was a real page turner and the atmosphere is so strongly conjured by Sally’s individual and distinctive way of describing the world, and the the graphic quality of the illustrations, that it stays with you long after you finish reading.

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