Marmalade Hits the Big Time
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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.
Andrew Davies is being outrageous again! Through the appalling Marmalade and the very condescending donkey, Rufus, scorn is poured on everyone from the failed horse thief to the snootiest customers of the Ritz and Harrods. Rufus and Marmalade are in London. Every failure becomes a success and their awful behaviour shows no signs of improving. It is very funny, irritatingly so at times. The children love it but as one child said 'I don't think it is suitable for older people because they would think it was stupid.' Very popular very entertaining, the perfect series for reluctant readers. They may not recognise the parodies but fall about laughing, all the same.