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Joe Quinn's Poltergeist Reviews

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist by David Almond, Dave McKean

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

David Almond, Dave McKean

4.25 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781406363197
  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
10 Mar 2019

"each page is a work of art"

Set in Felling, in Newcastle, it describes an episode in the life of Davie, whose little sister has died. He hangs out with his friend Geordie, watches the girl he fancies play tennis, encounters Joe, another unhappy boy who claims his home is haunted, as well as Joe’s unconventional mother, and a wavering priest. Combining the demotic and the lyrical, Almond continues to mine the language and circumstances of his own youth, and to reveal the weighty emotional and spiritual moments of young lives. McKean’s edgy images also express fear and wonder with their fragmented layouts, angular figures and evocative atmosphere.


5 stars out of 5
22 Mar 2019

"the thought-provoking tale is brought vividly to life by McKean’s powerful illustrations."

David Almond’s brilliant books explore powerful emotions of grief and hope, the balance between the ordinary and extraordinary, reality and the supernatural in this stunning graphic story, created with long-time collaborator Dave McKean, he draws on the death of his own baby sister, Barbara, when Almond was just seven.

4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
8 Mar 2019

"wonderfully immersive"

Billed as a graphic novel, this is more accurately a book that straddles the line between comic book and illustrated short story. The result is, nonetheless, a wonderfully immersive tale, told with David Almond’s trademark melancholy grit and wit...This is artist Dave McKean’s fourth collaboration with Almond, and his extraordinary, unique, digitally manipulated collages bring out the weirdness and darkness of the narrative. Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist is less about ghostly presences and more about the phantoms of guilt, remorse and sorrow we all carry around inside us.