Monday, 19 November 2007

Varmints by Helen Ward and Marc Craste

Anyone interested in innovative film-making should buy a copy of a new book published by Templar Publishing. Varmints was written by Helen Ward especially for Marc Craste to illustrate and it's a story of a possible near future when the Earth is swamped by a mindless civilisation with huge slab-like buildings reminiscent of Metropolis. There are few words but you'll be pleased to know that our hero, along with his mini-garden, is finally able to climb up into one of the beautiful pods which sails gracefully towards a cleaner and brighter future.

You'll probably have seen Marc's animation work on the award-winning series of Lloyds TSB ads produced by Studio AKA. Marc is also know for his short film, JoJo in the Stars, and the studio is currently working on a film of Varmints which will be released in 2008.


Blogger Andrew Fusek Peters said...

I am one of the reviewers {and a children's author} for Scholastic Best Book Supplement 2008 [out this october} - this was my best book of the year for 5-7 age range -awesome illustration and powerful text - it really stands out. Well done!
Andrew Fusek Peters

23 June 2008 at 20:19  
Blogger emsmom said...

I think the story was very dark and ugly for children. My daughter did not understand what the story was trying to tell and I think It was a very dark dark book. Not for children. You can not ever read the words the page is so dark. Creepy kind of sums it up.

9 December 2008 at 01:49  
Blogger alulu said...

I think this is perhaps one of the most incredibly dark yet beautiful stories of all.

I do believe emsmom may have a point at how dark it is, but it's not ugly and a large variety of kids are able to grasp the concept behind the pictures and few words.
It is beautiful in its own way, perhaps one of the most misunderstood type of beauty, nonetheless this is a treasure for both kids and adults.

20 August 2009 at 11:40  
Blogger bindybell said...

emsmom sorry but you don't know what you are talking about this story maybe dark but its not ugly get your reading glasses fixed and you may see that it has a beautiful concept of nature and new beginnings.

3 May 2010 at 14:13  

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