The Follower

Overview

The new collaboration between author Richard Thompson and illustrator Martin Springett is an eerie picture-book poem perfect for late-night reading. What is following the young witch home every night past the frightening statues and the sinister life-like trees? Before the witch discovers the identity of "the follower" young readers will find the answer to the mystery in the shadowy illustrations.

Martin Springett's use of a new style for his illustrations sets the mood ...

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Overview

The new collaboration between author Richard Thompson and illustrator Martin Springett is an eerie picture-book poem perfect for late-night reading. What is following the young witch home every night past the frightening statues and the sinister life-like trees? Before the witch discovers the identity of "the follower" young readers will find the answer to the mystery in the shadowy illustrations.

Martin Springett's use of a new style for his illustrations sets the mood perfectly as the witch makes her way home night after night with the mysterious follower close behind. Richard Thompson's haunting poem is a perfect read-aloud for very young readers with plenty of repetition and rhyme.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-What is it that follows the witch home every night as she wends her way past the graveyard, Bogeyman's Bog, the ruins of the Vinegar Works, and other eerie landmarks? Thompson poses this conundrum in a cumulative rhyme that highlights the witch's journey each day of the week. "On Monday,/Dark as shut your eyes,/It followed her home-." In the introductory view, the witch is seen only as a silhouette against the curtains above the bed of a sleeping child. This youngster appears again only on the final page, where the thoroughly creepy mood is instantly dispelled. The stalker is revealed to be a big black cat that is grudgingly welcomed into the household. Springett's handsome wind-driven trees and lurking creatures are shaded in crayon or charcoal, softening the stark settings. Along with the white margins framing the pictures, the spare text pages and blocks beautifully complement and augment the light that infuses the dark scenes. This resolution is mildly humorous and reassuring for young readers. It's also rather a tame ending to the brooding, spooky scheme. The shadow of the Elf King's Hill, the forest where the Gunny Wolf lurks, and the skeleton arms of the Hangman's Birch are among the images richly rendered in words and surreal views, offering fine read-aloud fare for readers who want a not-too-scary book.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550418804
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,233,380
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Thompson_s works have earned him a Mr. Christie_s Book Award Silver Seal and a Governor General_s Award nomination. A popular touring author and storyteller, Richard lives with his wife and daughter in Prince George, British Columbia. - Visit Richard's web site at www.drawandtell.com.

Martin Springett has earned the Aurora Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction Illustration, and the CLA's Notable designation. Also an accomplished musician, Martin lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.

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