Monster Blood Tattoo sucked our then twelve-year-old son in on
the first page and spat him back out a couple of days later once he'd read
the book cover to cover (including the glossary and the 100 page appendix, which
particularly fascinated him) and pored over the maps and illustrations. In the intervening period we did see him from time to time - for meals and
breathless plot updates - but in essence, although his body was with us, his
mind was somewhere in the Half-Continent! With illustrations reminiscent
of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, this is a book to kindle the imagination
of any child who revels in fantastic worlds filled with fantastic creatures.
Dyan Blacklock, publisher with Omnibus Books (an imprint of Scholastic in Australia), recalls how she became aware of the Half-Continent world: D.M. Cornish, a young illustrator earning his daily bread ...
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