The Great Smile Robbery
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The illustration on our cover for this issue is by Gary Chalk and is taken from the cover of Flight from the Dark the first book in the new Lone Wolf fantasy role-playing adventure by Joe Dever. (Sparrow, 0 09 935890 5, £l.50). We are most grateful to Sparrow Books for help in using this illustration.
A super example of the kind of book which teaches seven to elevens (and older, I'd guess) the fun of reading. McGough uses visual jokes, word play, rhymes, linguistic wizardry to tell his story of the robbery of Emerson's smiles by the dastardly Stinkers. There's a rich gallery of characters (including Mrs Wobblebottom, 'who ate more than a Lady should, fat as a factory, dark as a wood'). The reader is helped in and along, the pace of reading is adjusted and involvement has to be at a high level. A winner.