Author(s): Margaret Wild; Ron Brooks (Illustrator)
For use in schools and libraries only. An injured magpie and a one-eyed dog live happily together in the forest, until a duplicitous fox arrives and upsets their harmony.
Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year, 2001Winner of the Best Children's Book category in the 2001 Queensland Premier's Literary AwardsWinner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature in the 2001 NSW Pr
Winner of Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis: Kinderbuch (German Youth Literature Prize: Children's Book) 2004 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2001 and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Children's Book 2001 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize 2001 and APA Design Awards: Scholastic Best Designed Children's Book 2000. Shortlisted for Kate Greenaway Medal 2000.
In this powerful story about friendship, betrayal and courage, the language is beautifully spare and the illustrations are vibrant and haunting. The text, written with scratchy pen, creates an edgy atmosphere... Brooks's images grow out of Wild's careful language, and are perfectly in tune. The position of the spidery text sets the pace and tone of the story, and there is a strong sense of place, with rich, vegetable-like colours. The paper's surface is streaked and gouged with brush lines, scratches, and finely etched drawings. The animals, though stylized, are also thoroughly real. -- Julia Eccleshare 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up The scratchy sideways text adds to the wild elemental feel of the book, with its breathtaking earthy palette. A one-eyed dog rescues a crippled bird; sitting astride his back as he runs she becomes his eyes and he her wings. But then Fox comes to join themm in their cave and fills it with a 'smell of rage and envy and loneliness'. A masterpiece. Sunday Telegraph Try it, discover a classic, for this is undoubtedly an exceptional masterpiece. School Librarian This is a memorable example of the picture-book form. Ground-breaking and courageous, it has been translated into many languages. Although it is not a 'fun' read, both children andadults will be drawn into this compelling tale of friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal. Ibby Link
Margaret Wild is one of Australia's most highly respected and popular children's authors. She was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia in 1972. Margaret has worked as a journalist and an editor of children's books, and is now writing full-time. Since her first book in 1984, Margaret has published over 40 books and has won numerous awards. Ron Brooks is one of the biggest names in Australian picture books.