The Three Pigs
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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.
For those familiar with Tony Ross' treatment of traditional tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, this book will need no further recommendation. This particular updating sees Ross as zany and outrageous as ever. Purists may wince but everyone else, and particularly older children (9+) will relish this hilarious romp.