Greetings from Sandy Beach
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This issue's cover is a photograph of Anne Frank whose diary is discussed by Michael Rosen fifty years after its first publication. Following the arrest of the Frank family and their companions, the secret annex in Amsterdam where they had been in hiding was locked up and everybody forbidden to enter it, since Jewish possessions became Nazi property and were carted away. Before this happened, the young woman, Miep Gies, who had provided those in hiding with food and who had a second key to the annex, risked herself once more by entering it. Miep retrieved Anne's diary from the devastation together with the Frank family photograph album.
Thanks to Penguin Children's Books for help in reproducing this cover.
What is intended as a peaceful weekend away from it all turns out to be anything but in this picture book full of witty social observation. The girl narrator and her family find themselves sharing what they hoped would be a quiet beach with a busload of kids on a school trip and a motor-bike gang, 'The Disciples of Death'. However, the holiday is not the disaster it might have been for the Disciple are helpful and friendly, and there is entertainment aplenty with the school kids. The hilarious seaside frolics of the young, and the young-at-heart (the seaside has that effect) are eloquently illustrated by the author.