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On our cover this issue we feature an illustration by Charles Keeping from Beowulf (OUP, 0 19 279770 0, £4.50), a new picture book version for 9-13s of the Anglo-Saxon hero tale. The story is retold by Kevin Crossley-Holland. We are most grateful to Oxford University Press for their help in using this illustration.
Maisie quickly became a favourite with my infants when the hardcover edition was published. Her early morning exploits: attempting to wake mum and dad, getting washed and dressed, making breakfast for herself and her animals after dad's dismal efforts, and especially the picture of her sitting on the loo, delight young children for they are seeing something of themselves portrayed in a real book. A must for all nursery and infant children.