Pugs of the Frozen North
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This issue’s cover illustration is from Hare by Zoe Greaves illustrated by Leslie Sadleir. Thanks to Old Barn Books for their help with this Christmas cover.
It is the first day of the True Winter. It is the time for the Race to the Top of the World but Sika, desperate to help her grandfather, has no dog team. Out on the ice, the ship the Lucky Star lies trapped, in her hold there are sixty-six pugs. They also need help. It is time for Shen and Sika to embark on the adventure of their lives!
The Reeve/McIntyre partnership continues to delight with lively adventures designed to attract both KS1 and KS2 readers. The prose is as crisp as ever providing young readers with a really satisfying reading experience, the humour is engaging while the McIntyre's illustrations - indeed more than illustrations since they are so integral to the text - are the perfect foil and accompaniment. In a publishing climate where there seems a conviction that the younger audience can only cope with a plethora of fonts, exclamatory dialogue and references to bodily functions, it is a pleasure to find a partnership that can create stories that sparkle, engaging young and old.