The Making of Fingers Finnigan
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The illustration on the cover of this issue of Books for Keeps shows the arrival of King Sahure's funeral procession at the pyramid at Abusir around 2473 BC. Reconstructed from archaeological evidence, this illustration by David Salariya and Shirley Willis is taken from Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David, published by Kingfisher in the History as Evidence series (0 86272 091 5, £3.95). We are grateful to Kingfisher for help in using this illustration. (See Information Please, pages 20-21)
Despite being deterred by the cover claim 'full of riotously funny antics', it's worth persevering with 'Fingers Finnigan'. Berlie Doherty can write believable kids' dialogue, a rare talent, and has produced here an amusing and interesting story for strictly junior age readers. Several of the characters have the potential for development in further stories, particularly Weird George and Fingers. Besides which, anyone who knows about soggy Liverpool Echoes and chip butties can't go wrong!