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The anarchic hero of many daring adventures, William, as depicted on our cover by Thomas Henry in one of his effective, humorous pen and ink illustrations, is now a period piece. A William de nos jours illustrated by Tony Ross and aimed at a younger audience stands alongside him. This new William will be featured in adaptations of the stories by Martin Jarvis. Richmal Crompton, author of the William books, is the subject of this issue's Authorgraph. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.
One of the hardest lessons we have to learn is how to say 'I'm sorry'. In this lyrical love story, the little boy and girl, who love each other best of all, are sad until they learn to say I'm sorry when they shout at each other and fall out. An important lesson for adults too! The pictures, softly painted in pastel colours, show the children splashing in puddles, playing games, sharing the wonder of tadpoles, and learning how to retrieve their friendship when things go wrong. A glowing amalgamation of words and illustration.