Rita in Rocky Park; The Monster Muggs
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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.
Rita in Rocky Park
The Monster Muggs
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
The exploits of young Rita aka 'Rita the Rescuer' would make even the strongest super-hero quail. By contrast the adventures of the three Monster Muggs seem mild as they search for a new home as their cave has become too cold and damp for their liking! Both books carry colour illustrations on each page, breaking up the text into very manageable chunks. Offen's illustrations are reminiscent of Thelwell, especially in the scene where Rita rescues the rider of a runaway pony. In contrast the Muggs are boldly drawn and Sharratt's saturated hues stand out on each page.
Described as 'ideal for younger children who are reading by themselves', these two First Young Puffins are likely to appeal to readers of 7 upwards who have some reading experience.