McGurk and the Lost Atoll
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On our cover this month we feature an illustration from The Swineherd, a picture book version of the Andersen fairy tale by artist Lisbeth Zwerger. (Neugebauer Press, 0 907234 127, £3.95 from A. and C. Black). We are grateful to A. and C. Black for help in using this illustration. The roundel used on the Hans Andersen pages is from the wood engraving by Gwen Raverat for Four Tales, translated by R. P. Keigwin, C.U.P. (1935). It and the Punch cartoon on page 16 appear in Brian Alderson's pamphlet Hans Christian Andersen and his Eventyr in England.
Sophisticated juniors who enjoyed the same writer's Super Roo of Mungalongaloo need to find this. Intrepid explorer Dr. A. A. A. McGurk and Camel Cathie Khan have hair-raising adventures on Pacific crossing. Remember, if you find the action breathless, that your youngsters gained their earliest understandings of narrative as much from Dr. Who as from the books they've read in schools. The writer respects his readers and excepts them to be in tune with his jokey, journalistic style: are yours?