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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.
From the chumminess of the 'jacket-speak', I can tell that it is assumed that we are going to just love Jimmy Zest. Well, you couldn't fail to, could you? Well I'm sorry but what Jimmy makes out of egg boxes or Legweak's ambition to be a stuntman, failed to raise a titter, never mind a belly laugh, from the eleven year olds who dutifully ploughed through it. Miss Quick provides yet another cardboard parody of 'teacher in classroom situation --- two variations only: failing to suppress chaos or shrilling archaic threats at cowering charges. While Gowso, Penny Brown, Knuckles, Shorty and Legweak are as anonymous and undeveloped a group of cronies as any author could be landed with!