Genie on the Loose
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The illustration on the cover of this issue of Books for Keeps is from the new large-size edition of The Complete Adventures of Tom Kitten and His Friends, published by Frederick Warne, 0 7232 3288 1, £5.95. We are grateful to Penguin Books for help in using this illustration.
We are sorry that the booklists for the articles on Judy Blume and C.S. Lewis were incomplete in our last issue. Please add the following editions – all hardback from The Bodley Head.
C. S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew
0 370 00926 6, £4.95
The Last Battle
0 370 00933 9, £4.95
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
0 370 30170 6 £4.95
0 370 30358 X £4.50
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
0 370 30171 4, £4.50
This belated sequel to The Third Class Genie stands very well on its own, exhibiting the same winning characteristics of good humour, magical chaos and pacey excitement as its forerunner. This time the fated Alec conjures up the wayward genie son of Abu Salem, who succeeds in acquiring a local reputation as 'The Black Panter' and amongst and the odd good turn also wreaks havoc, which it is usually left to Alec to smoothe over and sort out, capably assisted by his black friends Ginger and Eulalia. These two are at the centre of the racial nastiness which underpins the riotous goings-on and gives the book another dimension, along with its N.F.-orientated villain, Gary Barker. Its short chapters and briskness should push less confident readers through easily, so it is well recommended through upper juniors and lower secondary.