Alison and the Bully Monsters
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This issue’s cover illustration by Fangorn is taken from Brian Jacques’ Lord Brocktree (Hutchinson, 0 09 176877 2, £12.99), the thirteenth title in the internationally best-selling Redwall series. Salamandastron, the ancestral home of the Badger Lords, is under threat from Ungatt Trunn, an enemy whose power would seem to be absolute and whose evil knows no bounds. The only hope for survival is the badger Lord Brocktree who is drawn to the fortress by an undeniable sense of destiny. Brian Jacques' masterful storytelling as always spins a web of high adventure that will enthral the reader from the first page to the last. Thanks to Hutchinson Children’s Books for their help in producing this September cover.
Alison never goes out to play, but no one suspects she is being bullied. One day, when she is feeling particularly fed-up, she meets the Bully Monsters, a large, scruffy pair who seem surprised and perturbed at her well-deserved indignation. She learns that if she can stand up to the Bully Monsters, she can handle real ones too. In a departure from his usual world of folk tale, Jones gives us a highly realistic everyday drama with fantasy overtones. The bold, distinct illustrations, seen from interesting angles, make the book ideal for the literacy hour, as does the large format and big print. And the Bully Monsters are a treat!