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This issue’s cover is from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Monkey Puzzle. Written in rhyme, this agreeable story has butterfly helping little monkey to find his mum. Scheffler’s distinctive, entertaining and strongly characterised illustrations make good use of the page as little monkey meets lots of jungle inhabitants before being reunited with his mum. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help in producing this July cover.
Dog Dayscontains what the cover blurb describes as 'high-impact paper mechanics.' This turns out to mean it is a pop-up book! Each of the spreads (and there are only five for your money) sports dogs in a park: grumpy Gripper eyes cheerful Charlie; clean Clara eclipses dirty Dusty; hairy Hamish is juxtaposed with smooth Sylvester. The dogs are strikingly illustrated, and words well positioned so that flaps need to be lifted carefully to make full sense of the text. This is not the most imaginative treatment I have seen of 'opposites' but the overall concept has simple charm and may have a place in the early years library.