Horrid Henry's Nits
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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.
Just for the pinging noise as the nits flit from head to head this tape is excellent entertainment value. It is a much better joke than the slightly laboured excesses of the eponymous Horrid Henry as he thinks up one ruse after another to do down his simpering little brother, Perfect Peter. But the stories rattle along well enough - if you do not mind the premise of Henry's nastiness - and Miranda Richardson's cheery reading makes the very best of all the jokes.