The Bad Day ABC
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The cover of this issue is a design incorporating illustrations from four books illustrated by the subject of our Authorgraph, Ian Beck. The top left illustration is from Five Little Ducks (Orchard), the top right from Poppy and Pip's Picnic (to be published Autumn '97 by HarperCollins), the bottom left from The Owl and the Pussy-cat (Transworld) and the bottom right from Home Before Dark (to be published September '97 by Scholastic). Ian Beck's Picture Book (Hippo) is reviewed in this issue.
Beck talks to BfK's interviewer, Julia Eccleshare, also in this issue. His distinctive decorative style with its sensitive pen line and cross hatching has a nostalgic but sometimes also a surreal quality - he describes it as 'a look that is floating, strong and wistful all at the same time'.
Thanks to Orchard, HarperCollins, Transworld and Scholastic for their help in producing this composite cover.
Hinda Offen's lates zany, fantasy alliterative alphabet book full of monsters has proved popular with all the Infant classes - the children responded in different ways and at different levels but they all gave it a massive vote in the popularity stakes! They wanted to return to favourite pages and the book has hardly touched the shelf as the children argued about which page is the ghastlies! A critical pedantic note picked up by a number of our Year Two children was the use of 'kiss' as the only descriptor of 'x'. This led to some searching teaching as the children struggled to resolve the problem for themselves - the only way I could think of, as the teacher, to get over the one weakness of an otherwise excellent book!