This story is about a young boy called Michael who was looking forward to moving house, but his baby sister falls ill and he feels helpless. Michael's life changes forever when he finds a strange creature in his garage and he confides in his new friend Mina. This book has a very interesting storyline where issues such as death, life, friendship and love are examined carefully.
Comments and Reflections
When I first saw the book I was not sure what it was going to be about, although I did think that Skellig was possibly an alien or creature. I had heard positive comments about the book so I was looking forward to reading it.
I do not remember ever reading a book quite like this one before. I think it is different as it puts you into another world but at the same time deals with a lot of issues that make you think.
This book is full of adventure and excitement and captures the reader's attention. I really enjoyed this book and read it quickly in about two days. I thought it was brilliant the way David Almond described the images by his use of adjectives and similes. All the way through the book I had a clear picture of all the characters. I could actually see what Michael and Mina saw and felt their feelings and emotions.
I liked David Almond's choice of characters. Skellig is a character that is not often found in children's literature, he is gentle, yet spooky and human/non-human. Michael the main character grows into a stronger person by the end of the story, we watch him grow. I liked Mina as she is a strong minded character who has certain beliefs which are explored in the story.
The narrative voice of this story is in the first person of Michael so we are automatically asked to emphasise with him. I really liked the phrase `he laughed but did not smile'. This phase was often said throughout referring to Skellig. I thought the...