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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
Aimed at an indeterminate audience who might be allured by the magnetism of Lefty Feep, Joe Blow, Effie Fink and Subconscious Sigmund, Superheroes is a collection of seven, post-superman stories. Some are blatantly tongue-in-cheek essays in the cult of 'clobbering time', while the remainder mix junkyard zombies with a touch of androids and hope that the resultant cocktail is to the readers' imagination. There is even a dash of social comment for good measure. 'His wife had got a job when the children started school, so he was carrying a six pack of beer and a frozen pizza in a plastic carrier bag.' All say 'ah' together! Joe Hero, Supercreep and Thor (yes, the Thor) all combine to find an easy way out in the ultimate short (three pages) story of an eminently forgettable collection.