The Green behind the Glass
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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.
I have mixed feelings about these eight love stories (highly recommended by Woman's Own) but they should attract a wide female readership and though there is some triteness and silliness, there is also variety and a bit of muscle which makes the book worth buying for the library. Certainly upmarket from Sweet Dreams etc. I'll only mention the final story which intercuts feelings about imminent marriage with memories of playing Mummies and Daddies at nursery school. Gradually the two claustrophobically merge as Lynn realises how like the Wendy House her new home will become and has a (nightmare?) of being trapped. 'The bright blue walls seem to be closing in ... she is happy, rocking the doll ... Mummies love to rock dolls. Mummies love to play in the Wendy House. It doesn't mater that she can't get out ... Inside the Wendy House, even on the dullest day, everything is bright and pretty.'