The Serpent's Tale

Author(s): Gary Crew Illustrated by Matt Ottley

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A powerful picture book for older readers about humanity's never-ending struggle between love and hate, heroism and cowardice. At the most literal level of the story, a boy demands that his mother buy an amulet at a fair in the town square. The artiface looks like a snake chasing or devouring its own tail in an endless cycle. Alone in his attic room, the boy puts the bracelet on and falls asleep. At this, the snake comes to life in the boy's dreaming, thus telling its story. But what is real and what is not? Are the boy's fantastic snake-induced dreams the real events , or the events that we see at the real-life story level, taking place in the town square?


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Gary Crew is an award-winning and prolific writer for young people. His recent books include the Extinct Series: I Saw Nothing, the Extinction of the Thylacine; I Said Nothing, the Extinction of the Paradise Parrot; and I Did Nothing, the Extinction of the Gastric-brooding Frog, all illustrated by Mark Wilson; In the Wake of the Mary Celeste, illustrated by Robert Ingpen; Me and My Dog, The Mystery of Eilean Mor, The Stolen Children of Quentaris, the Sam Silverthorne trilogy and The Truth About Emma. Matt Ottley was born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, moving to Australia when he was eleven. After almost failing high school in Sydney, he lived the itinerant life of a stockman for some years on cattle stations in Queensland, before returning to Sydney to study fine arts and music. He is now one of Australia s most popular children s author/illustrators and has been published in several different languages around the world. His most recent work is the graphic novel published by Lothian, Requiem for a Beast, which won Picture Book of the Year in the 2008 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Matt also works as a composer and flamenco guitarist.

General Fields

  • : 9780734410283
  • : Lothian Publishing Company
  • : Lothian Books
  • : 0.36
  • : May 2010
  • : 257mm X 237mm X 9mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gary Crew Illustrated by Matt Ottley
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : Matthew Ottley
  • : A823
  • : 32
  • : throughout