The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Pugs of the Frozen North
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reeve and McIntyre collaborate on their third wacky adventure story, this time set in the frozen north. Orphan Shen is shipwrecked, together with 66 pugs, on the edge of the Arctic. He discovers the Po of Ice (not what it seems), and pledges to help Sika take her grandfather's sledge in a race to meet the Snowfather, who can grant wishes. Harnessing the pugs, they set off, and overcome many legendary dangers, and some dastardly fellow contestants.
Infused with excitement and humour, both splendidly represented in words and the icy two-tone illustrations, serious messages about helping others and facing the death of family members pervade the narrative. The endpapers are especially fun, as the final spread names all 66 pugs!