Dear David Almond and Dave McKean,

The SavageWhat could be better than the two of you working together? Not much!  Though I think The Savage would only appeal to a very specific audience; Dave, your art tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing, and as far as the writing goes, David, this book is not your most universally appealing.  It was right up my alley, though, and reading it gave me that fantastic feeling that there was so much I was missing, and that I should write a paper analyzing it.  It’s one of those books that has lots of layers, and it has a few meta moments that made me giddy with joy.

You know, for some reason it kind of reminded me of Peter Pan.  I don’t think I can explain why, other than the wild boy aspect.  Something about the fairy-tale-like creepiness of it.  It had a sort of rhythm, as though the story itself was very old, and I just didn’t recognize it in this new skin.  I don’t think it actually is based on something, at least not very directly, but it had that feeling to it.  Anyway, definitely five stars from me on this one, guys.

Love,

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