×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Owen and the Mountain
     

Owen and the Mountain

by Malachy Doyle, Giles Greenfield (Illustrator), Giles Greenfield (Illustrator)
 

When Owen goes to visit his grandfather in the country, neither is sure how to behave. The little boy wants to climb the mountain, but the old man doesn’t feel up to it. When eventually they set off on the adventure to reach the peak, they are slightly unsure, but when they come back down, they return as friends. They have learned something—not only

Overview

When Owen goes to visit his grandfather in the country, neither is sure how to behave. The little boy wants to climb the mountain, but the old man doesn’t feel up to it. When eventually they set off on the adventure to reach the peak, they are slightly unsure, but when they come back down, they return as friends. They have learned something—not only about each other, but also about themselves. Malachy Doyle’s most recent books are Bold Boy and Sleepy Pendoodle. Giles Greenfield is the illustrator of Chaucer the Cat and the Animal Pilgrims.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Atmospheric illustrations compensate, at least in part, for pedestrian prose in this metaphor-rich import. On a parent-less visit to Grandad's isolated cottage, young Owen sees the mountain towering overhead, and wants to climb it. At first, Grandad says he's too old, and Owen too young; he relents the next day and off they hie up the winding path, followed by a very old dog. Greenfield artfully captures the initial uncertainty on Grandad's face, then goes on to depict the climbers passing wonderfully gnarled trees, alert wildlife, and a widening green landscape that sometimes itself seems ready to rise on giant feet and follow. In telling the tale, Doyle (Sleepy Pendoodle, see below, etc.) tries for powerful simplicity, but mostly sounds stiff: "Owen looked all around, and he was frightened. He looked down and saw Grandad, trudging up behind him, and he was glad." After achieving their goal-anticlimactically: "At last, together, they reached the summit of the great mountain"-the two make their way wearily back, and finish the day sharing a cozy armchair before the fireplace. Greenfield's misty hills may inspire long thoughts, but Doyle is a better storyteller than this effort shows. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747550938
Publisher:
Bloomsbury UK
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
PBK
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews