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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.
The extraordinary growth of a rhinoceros horn on Ryan's forehead brings a series of unresolved problems in his life to a head (!). Seen in gritty, realistic terms, a sore which is both real and symbolic of an infection within Ryan's life is at first experienced as an awful, throbbing pain with initial swelling. This erupts in Ryan's being set up by a bully, Jimmy Wire, to hit a young Indian boy. With his younger sister's help. Ryan learns to deal with the attraction of aggression represented by both Jimmy and his absent father. This is an intense and often dramatic story with some nice touches of humour such as the doctor who cannot stop laughing at the growth of the horn and the tabloid creation of Ryan-ocerus.