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On the cover of this issue we feature a selection of illustrations from the Walker Books List. Can you identify the artists? (Answers below). We are grateful for the help from Walker Books in using this material.
1. Helen Oxenbury (First Picture Books).
2. Shirley Hughes (Nursery Collection).
3. John Burningham (First Words).
4. Patrick Benson (William Mayne's Hob Stories).
5. Kenneth Lilly (Large as Life).
6. Nicola Bayley (Copycats).
7. Philippe Dupasquier (Little Robert).
8. E. J. Taylor (Biscuits, Buttons and Pickles).
9. Jan Ormerod (Baby Books).
10. Colin McNaughton (Allan Ahlberg's Red Nose Readers).
11. Helen Craig (Susie and Alfred).
12. Peter Cross (David Lloyd's Dinosaur Days).
Titles are of the series, not individual books.
Did you see P'Tang Yang Kipperbang and the other Goldcrest films in the First Love series on Channel Four? If so, you'll want this book. If not it's still a compulsory read. Four funny, punny, fast stories by the original screen writers, and completely contemporarily relevant in spite of being set in 1948 and the early sixties. (A bonus for ageing parents and teachers who can make connections alongside current teenagers.) The preoccupations, obsessions, passions and misunderstandings of teenagers are foremost; in the background the lives and loves of adults provide a shrewdly observed and instructive counterpoint. All splendid, convincing, real life farce, short through with feeling. Enjoy them and share them with kids - to get the full effect they'll need texts to follow if you read aloud.