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QBD Reviews: Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld & Joe Sumner

9780857989154After winning the Miles Franklin award in 2014 for her novel, All the Birds Singing, Evie Wyld has turned her hand to a different kind of story.

The story within these pages is that of Evie herself, growing up spending her summers on the coast of Northern New South Wales, and finding herself fascinated by everything shark after her brother gets a shark jaw for Christmas one year. She imagines sharks following her on her way home from school, watching through the window, swimming around in the floor-turned-sea below the couch she sits on like a raft. But she wants to be on their side, not on the side of the humans who hunt them. So, even while being terrified of them, she is enamoured by them.

Everything is Teeth is a graphic novel, which is equal parts a memoir, a tale of obsession, and just downright entertaining. Evocative, but simple writing, paired with the wonderful illustrations – a juxtaposition of cartoony people, and so-real-they-could-be-photo illustrations of sharks and fish – make this as a must have book for many Aussie readers.

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