Better Move on, Frog!
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Through star filled skies on Christmas Eve Kay Harker, in a sleigh pulled by eight unicorns and driven by Herne the Hunter, returns in triumph to Tatchester. The illustration on the cover of this issue of BfK is by Faith Jaques and is taken from The Box of Delights, a newly illustrated edition of John Masefield's classic children's book, abridged by Patricia Crampton and published by Heinemann, 0 434 95052 1, £7.95. A paperback edition (without colour plates) is available from Fontana Lion (0 00 572415 9, £1.50). We are grateful to Heinemann and Fontana for help in using this illustration.
This was Ron Maris' first picture book and an exciting debut it was too. He, like his hero has moved on - to bigger and better things, I was going to say; but that would belittle this title, something I would not wish to do. Frog seems to have lots of holes to live in but he soon finds that they are already occupied by other animals: hence the oft repeated 'Better move on, Frog.' This repetition and the jolly pictures make the book one beginner readers can enjoy on their own.