The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The job of the skin is to keep things in... On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless. Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying,*!

Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl.

It is about life, death and the meaning of beards. (*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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  • Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 9780224096287

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Patient, lyrical and often quite funny. This is a treasure of a graphic novel illustrated with beautifully soft, whimsical drawings and text that is infused with gentle poetry. Read it now before Hollywood turns it into a CGI action adventure, which it is absolutely not; it's a delight.

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This is a wonderfully drawn and cleverly told graphic novel. Plus the idea is so fun: In a small circular and very uniform island where order reigns supreme lives a man with only 1 unruly hair. He works creating comforting statistics for reasons no one knows and when at home he takes comfort from drawing pictures of his never changing street and listening endlessly to the Bangles that drown out the chaotic sounds of the sea and the threat of “There”. That is until he grows a beard, one that just won’t stop growing and soon it ends up threatening everything he knows. If you are in the mood for a slice of gentle oddity, innovative and well-crafted with a bittersweet end this is for you. It’s won quite a few awards too if you don’t want to take my word for it. Highly recommended