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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.
Redwall Abbey, the tranquil home of a community of mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge - the evil one-eyed rat warlord. Novice mouse Matthias leads a band of warriors against the predators but their collective might may not be enough to save Redwall. Brian Jacques reads the first volume of his epic series in sonorous tones, resonating the rich language of the text which reflects the monastic setting.