The First Slodge
By Jeanne Willis
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Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge. The first Slodge in the universe. She saw the first moon and stars, the first fruits and flowers. "Mine, all mine!" she said. But what if there was not just one Slodge . . . but two? A wonderfully original and funny fable about learning to share, from the award-winning author, Jeanne Willis (Who's in the Loo? and The Bog Baby). This humorous exploration of sharing and friendship carries an important message: that the world belongs to everyone. Captivating illustrations from Jenni Desmond (Red Cat, Blue Cat) will delight adults and children alike. A book to share and treasure.
Reviews "Part quirky creation myth, part friendship fable... an inviting setting for readers to explore themes of friendship, sharing, and stewardship." — Publishers Weekly "Written like a spider's web - delicate and strong - The First Slodge contains equally impressive illustrations, full of flowing movement and energy with a sumptuous palette of soothing and sophisticated greens and blues." — Playing By the Book Blog " A witty tale of a strange creature who wants to keep everything to itself, the message underlying this book is that sharing and friendship are far more rewarding than ownership. We like the originality and the simple illustrations." — Mr Fox Magazine "We love the way this book wraps up - with a joyous page spread celebrating the diversity of life and how we truly do take for granted how we share our space in the world with a zillion other amazing creatures. But ... The Slodge is definitely the star and we absolutely ADORE her, squishy and green as she is!" — Read It Daddy Blog "Learning to take a place in society and to become yourself amongst others that share the world with you is a large undertaking for a children's picturebook. But with careful text and sensitivity towards the Slodge and her journey, Jeanne Willis has pulled it off beautifully. This coupled with Jenni Desmond's friendly, playful illustrations (with fantastic facial expressions) deliver the large undertaking marvellously. The First Slodge is an original read with a superb sense of judgement and understanding, and I would gift this book to any child, young or old." — Children's Books Ireland "A new text from Jeanne Willis is always a cause for celebration and this pairing with new illustration talent Jenni Desmond could introduce her fabulous writing to a style-savvy audience... [The First Slodge] is a gentle story that will capture the imagination and create conversation. A brilliant book, recommended for all!" — Books for Keeps