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The Island of the Skog [Hardcover]

By Steven Kellogg (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 10.38" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1973
Publisher   Dial
Age  4-8
ISBN  0803738420  
EAN  9780803738423  

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Item Description...
When Jenny and her mice friends journey to an island in hopes of finding it a peaceful place to live, they discover that they must battle the monstrous Skog

Publishers Description
Shout it once! Shout it twice!
Friends forever! Skog and mice!

Since its publication in 1973, The Island of the Skog has been a favorite of children everywhere-and of the author himself! We're delighted to remind you of this beloved book on its thirtieth birthday.

Jenny and her city-mouse friends take to the seas in search of a more peaceful place to live. But when they arrive at what first seems the island of their dreams, they have a giant problem to contend with: the island's only inhabitant, the Skog. Judging by his enormous footprints, he seems a more terrible threat than a hundred urban cats and dogs. How will the mice master their new domain?

Funny, exciting and sweet, The Island of the Skog is a timeless tale of cooperation and compromise. It won the Michigan State Young Readers Award, and was included on Booklist's Books for Every Child and the CBC Books for Peace list.

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More About Steven Kellogg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! I have loved picture books ever since I was a child. The illustrations of Beatrix Potter and N. C. Wyeth were early favorites, and I always found any kind of animal story irresistible. I was an enthusiastic young artist as well, and I formulated pre-school plans to make drawing the center of my lifetime career. I used to dream up stories and illustrate them for my younger sisters, Patti and Martha. We called the activity: "Telling Stories on Paper." When it took place, I would sit between them with a stack of paper on my lap and a pencil in my hand, rattling off tales and scribbling illustrations to accompany them, and passing the pictures first to one of the girls and then to the other. I enjoyed these storytelling sessions enormously and I usually persevered until my sisters were too restless to sit there any longer, or until they were buried under pieces ofpaper.

I scribbled my way through elementary, junior- and senior-high school, and afterward I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where I majored in illustration, and where I was particularly intrigued by the few projects we were given that related to the creation of picture books. I wasfortunate enough to win a fellowship that made possible a senior year of work and study in Florence, Italy. It was an exciting and fulfilling period for me, and I find that I draw constantly on the experience and images that I stored during my time there.

Upon my return to the United States I did some graduate work and teaching at American University, and at the same time I began submitting picture book ideas to various publishers. Itwas an exciting moment when the first acceptances came in, and I realized that I would be able to "tell stories on paper" full-time and to a much larger audience. I loved the challenge of putting the first books together, guiding them through the various stages of the publishing process, and thenwatching them disperse into the lives of their readers. And now, twenty-five years and almost ninety books later, I still find every aspect of my involvement just as absorbing andenjoyable.

During the time that I've been working on the picture books, I've lived in an old farmhouse in the hills of Connecticut which I've shared with my wife, Helen, and where I've raised six stepchildren, to whom most of my books are dedicated. Also in residence have been numerous dogs and cats, including a beloved harlequin Great Dane named Pinkerton, whose stubborn inadaptability during puppyhood inspired the book Pinkerton, Behave! The heroine of the sequel, ARose for Pinkerton, was our senior cat, Secondhand Rose, an independent old grouch who was born a wild thing in the Catskill Mountains, and who devoted her long life to harassing everyone in the world, including Pinkerton.

The ideas for the other books come from lots of different sources, but most of them have their roots in feelings and images that I retain from my own childhood. I try to blend illustrations and the words so that each book is a feast for the eye and ear. I want the time that the reader shares with me and my work to be an enjoyable experience -- one that will encourage a lifetimeassociation with pictures, words, and books.

Steven Kellogg talks about the art of the picturebookThe picture book is an art form that is designed specifically for children, but I feel that it can be appreciated and enjoyed by all ages. For centuries a distinguished tradition of illustrated books and manuscripts has existed of which the picture book is a part. It is a synthesis of literature and the visual arts, and the relationship of the written word and the picture is its essence.I am fascinated by the ways in which the picture book can borrow and combine diverse elements from other art forms to achieve startling and moving effects.

The turning page, for example, gives the illustrator the chance to utilize the elements of surprise to advance the movement of the story, and to deepen the involvement of the viewer in much the same way that the theatrical director uses the revolving stages or the rising curtain between thescenes and acts of a play.

An awareness of movement is extremely important in the conception of a picture book. My favorite illustrators delineate their characters so that animation is implied. The individual spreads are designed so that they crackle with graphic vitality. The characters seem to speak, cavort, andleap from the page so energetically that their life and movement are totally convincing. The moving qualities of each picture are heightened by the placement of the turning pages within the unfolding narrative and by the conception of the book as a whole. It is here that one sees the relationship between the arts of picture book design and filmmaking, as both of them deal with thephenomenon of "moving pictures."

No one will deny that language can be musical, and certainly visual images can suggest different forms of music by the feelings that they convey. The musical qualities of the pictures and the words can be orchestrated by the artist as he moves them across the pages of the book. Rhythms and harmonies can be established on some spreads, and atonal effects or dissonances can be introduced on others.

There are limitless possibilities available to the artist, who sets up relationships and tensionsbetween the illustrations and the text, allowing magical discoveries and subtle revelations to emerge in the areas between. When this happens, there is an uncanny fusion of all the elements, and the dynamic new expression that is created introduces young readers to the world of art.

Steven Kellogg currently resides in Sandy Hook, in the state of Connecticut. Steven Kellogg was born in 1941.

Steven Kellogg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books
  2. Pinkerton

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
imaginative  Jan 3, 2007
The illustrations are wonderful.Great book to be read by the 7yrs & older & a wonderful book to read to the younger set.Very imaginative with good texts.I collect books with good illustrations & this is definitely one.So all in all a good one for both children & adults.
Survival, bravery, teamwork!  Jul 27, 2005
This original picture storybook is bursting with typical Steven Kellogg illustrations. The text and the engaging illustrations work together to present a classic tale. The layout is characterized by full page and many double-paged spreads which allow Kellogg to fill both pages with cute mice and appealing scenery. Some pages show the perspective of the mice in the hole juxtaposed with the tall stairs for people in the house. The sailing ship and the mice on the island show life size mice and the skog who is a similar size. The colors are watercolor and muted. Children have loved this story and the mice in it for over forty years. It is a beautiful tale of survival, bravery, team-work and getting along with others different from oneself.
Skog and mice  Jun 24, 2004
Yet another beloved Steven Kellogg book from my fleeting youth. Published originally in 1973, the story tells the tale of a pack of mice that decide to leave the city life and become sea faring rodents instead. Together, the seven little creatures take a small antique ship (with working cannon) from the antique store in which they leave and set sail into the sea. When at long last they come across a tropical isle, they are shocked to discover that the land already has an inhabitant. According to their books, this is the island of the Skog. Not entirely certain what a Skog is, they bombard the land with cannon balls. That done, they set about inhabiting the isle but are shocked to discover giant footprints. After successfully unmasking the creature, they discover that perhaps jumping to conclusions is not the best policy when meeting people different from yourself for the first time.

I suppose the book is ostensibly about judging people before you get to know them. I prefer to think that this story is a cry against the whole, "Shoot first, ask questions later", method of diplomacy that a nation (who shall remain nameless) may employ from time to time. Or, more likely, I'm reading too much into an entirely pleasant picture book. This is a true Kellogg creation through and through. Filled to the brim with his tiny details and intricacies, a reader could pour over each page for a month so as to best locate all the delicate touches. As you go through the tale, each character has his or her own distinct personality. Jenny, the unofficial mouse in charge, and Bouncer the head of his bowling league are the two main characters, but they've a lively and involved supporting crew as well. Rereading the tale now, I was shocked to see how dated the three bowling team mice in their overlarge sports jerseys were. Why they're positively 1973! Otherwise, these pictures are somewhat timeless. The images in this tale stuck in my brain for years, so I can guarantee to you that any child that reads this book today will take it with them the rest of their lives. Though everyone has a favorite Kellogg creation of their own, one of my picks without a doubt is the inestimable "Island of the Skog". Take. Read. Savor.
A Fairly Good Story  Sep 14, 2000
A nice story with good illustrations suitble for 3-8 yrs. Several mice, wanting a new life free of opression, set out to sea to find a peaceful island. Upon their arrival, they discover footprints belonging to what they believe to be a large beast. They set out to remove the beast from the island, only to discover that all was not as it seemed to be. The story ends happily.

The story runs a bit long, with several mice characters exchanging dialogue--it can be hard for children to keep them straight--but story is positive, and pictures are funny to look at.

Mice get away  Dec 8, 1999
A review by Jessica and Eric The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg.

Our favorite book is The Island of the Skog. Rodents wanted to sail to freedom, but they went the wrong way . When they landed they saw a giant footprint, and became very, very frightened!They planned to catch it. The plan worked; however they found the monster was tiny and friendly! We are third graders who would like you to read this book.


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