Dave McKean

So, I’ve just seen Mirrormask. What made me watch it was that I know Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman from kids’ books they’ve made.

There’s The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish:

There’s The Wolves in the Walls:

And there’s Crazy Hair:

– all three with Neil Gaiman. There aren’t many illustrations for Gaiman’s Coraline, but McKean did these too. He also did the relatively few pictures for The Graveyard Book, but that deserves a post of its own.

Then, with David Almond there’s The Savage. This book is kind of perfect…

There’s a wildness, a savagery, a violence, about Almond’s writing. And McKean’s art complements it perfectly.

It’s one of Almond’s shorter books and a great introduction to his writing. It’s got all the lean rawness, the harshness and the kindness of his writing, but it can be read by a nine year old.

“There was a wild kid living in Burgess Woods.”


(More pictures here.)

I’ve just discovered there’s another book by this partnership which I’ll have to investigate – Slog’s Dad.

+ addendum

Just read a great blog post about Slog’s Dad – good to find someone who is as enthusiastic about David Almond and Dave McKean’s work as I am – and a lot more articulate about it too!



  1. cre8ivewisdom said

    Nice blog post. As you’re a Dave McKean fan, can I ask you to join the Facebook page for his forthcoming movie Luna? http://www.facebook.com/LunaTheMovie

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