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'One of a kind. Utterly fantastic.' Eoin Colfer on
Tin


David and Penny's strange new home is surrounded by forest. It's
the childhood home of their mother, who's recently died. But other
creatures live here ... magical creatures, like tiny, hairy Pog.
He's one of the First Folk, protecting the boundary between the
worlds. As the children explore, they discover monsters slipping
through from the place on the other side of the cellar door. Meanwhile,
David is drawn into the woods by something darker, which
insists there's a way he can bring his mother back ...

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16th March '19
I read it to LucasChops aged 7 aged 7
Pog 9781911490395
5 stars
This book is just sublime.  Penny and David have just moved into their mother's childhood home - she's inherited it and their architect father thinks it's just where they need to make a fresh start.
What they don't know is that there's a furry lodger in the loft, called Pog.  He's patrolling the house to keep a guard on "The Necessary" - it looks like the door to a basement but actually is the gateway to another world.
There are creatures who want to feed on the memories/sorrow of the property's new occupants and they'll need to work with Pog to stop them in their tracks.
Sounds scary but somehow isn't.  Even as an adult I absolutely adored this one!
17th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Pog 9781911490395
5 stars
I have waited so long for this book to be released after seeing it on Twitter, so when I happened across it in Waterstones, I was over the moon! You can definitely judge a book by its cover here as it it gorgeous and sets the atmosphere perfectly.
One thing I really liked about this novel is that there was no single protagonist (in my opinion), but was really well balanced between Pog, Penny and David, which gave the story a well rounded feel. The reader gets some level of description about Pog but not too much: I don't know if this is intentional but I liked it as with characters like this, I think we need to be given room for our imagination to conjure them up in our minds without being told everything in minute detail. Dad plays a big part too, though we get more of a sense of him through the other characters, rather than in his own right.
The themes of loneliness and grief are centrepiece in Pog as is the importance of friendship. I think it's fantastic how Kenny reflects different reactions to a loss, from Penny's attempts to force optimism and support David and Dad, Dad's ignorance of the situation (in that he is trying to act normal) and David's deepening anger. It is beautiful how Pog isn't a magical saviour either but shrouded in his own grief and pain and learns to rely on the children. The storyline itself is fast paced and excited, holding back its secrets until the perfect moment for their reveal and there is magic, mystery and atmospheric description throughout.
What really stood out for me, however, is the language used throughout the novel. Kenny doesn't talk down to his intended audience and while an easy read, with words such as arboreal, echelons and rivulets, this book is a must have to extend and challenge children's vocabulary. Every page is littered with exciting language, which enhances the story no end.
Overall, Pog is a poignant tale that is full of bravery, compassion and action packed fantasy. I was on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what would become of Pog and the children as they battled to protect the Necessary and keep out the nasties. I adore the word Greebledies, a name for one of the enemies faced! The ending was touching and a perfect finish to an absolutely stunning novel. I can't wait to get back to the book shop and pick up Kenny's debut novel, Tin, as a result.
11th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Pog 9781911490395
5 stars
Pog is an incredibly poignant, yet ultimately up-lifting story, tackling the difficult subject of family grief in a skilful and sensitive manner.  I became absolutely absorbed in the lives of Penny and David Cresswell as they struggle to come to terms with the death of their mother.
The family move to a rather dilapidated house in the forest, with past family history.  Eleven-year old David, who is angry and hurting, soon wanders into the forest where he has a strange encounter, the consequences of which haunt him for much of the story. 
The family’s move into their new home draws unwelcome guests, from the weakening Necessary boundary, who are drawn to the heart-wrenching grief of the family’s memories of loss. 
Fortunately, Pog, one of the First Folk, who has been charged with protecting our world from the perils that lurk beyond the Necessary, is living in their attic and knows how to handle a staff and sword.  And what a hero he is!  A two-foot-tall warrior, just as adept with words as with actions. Compassionate, clever, courageous:  I adored him!
Although their first encounter with Pog doesn’t happen in the most fortuitous of circumstances, a heart-warming relationship soon develops between Pog and the children as they join forces against the invasion of some rather grisly creatures such as the greebeldies and bloodworms.  What follows is perfectly-paced action with elements of danger, deception and betrayal balanced with cathartic moments, humour and bravery.
For me, what really shines through in this story is the courage the children show, with the help of Pog, to confront their terrible loss and begin to heal their pain through ultimately having the strength to focus on the importance of joyful memories and embrace a new beginning.
 
 
 
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