The Halfmen of O
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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.
This award-winning good/evil, light/dark fantasy is from the same author as Under the Mountain and is as inventive and compelling as its predecessor. Susan Ferris bears the wrist mark of the two halves of the stone, which must be combined as one if it is to release the peoples of Manhome from the overwhelming, mindless evil which smothers them in the person of Otis Claw and his sycophantic henchman Odo Cling. Susan and her cousin Nick's quest amongst Birdfolk, Stonefolk, Seafolk. Woodlanders and the ferocious Bloodcat makes for stimulating, if bloodthirsty, reading, Maurice Gee is a storyteller with a very creative gift which we as teachers would do well to share with young readers.