Someone I Like
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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.
Someone I Like
Compiled by Judith Nicholls
This book is like one of those rarer boxes of chocolates where you find something to savour no matter where you choose. It is a highly individual selection of twenty-six poems (one would expect no less from this compiler who is a respected and popular poet among children) on the theme of family, friends and relationships from different perspectives They embody a variety of moods - joy, wonder, sadness, pathos, embarrassment. The selection demonstrates how access to the affective area can be made equally effectively through humour such as that in Mary Ann Hoberman's 'Brother' or David Whitehead's 'Kissing Auntie' and the more sober or reflective Kit Wright's 'Grandad' or Charlotte Zolotow's 'Someone I Like' and 'People'. Manna's illustrations in pale watery washes and deeper, mottled shades of link have a gentle eloquence altogether in harmony with the poems.