Varmints (Paperback)

By Helen Ward, Marc Craste (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763637965, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2008



Striking, surreal illustrations and a haunting, evocative text tell a mysterious tale of a threatened natural world --- and a hopeful new start.
Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen --- until the others came to fill the sky with buildings and the air with a cacophony of noise. With dramatically lit artwork and a spare, intriguing text, Varmints tells of a pastoral world in need of protection and of the souls who love it enough to ensure its regeneration. Includes vellum pages and French flaps as part of a gorgeous paperback design.

About the Author

Helen Ward, the author and illustrator of more than twenty-five children's picture books, has been praised equally for her lucid prose and her meticulous illustrations. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.

Marc Craste is a senior animation director at London-based Studio Aka, where he has designed and directed numerous award-winning commercials. He is currently working on a short-film version of this book. He lives in London.