Seven Little Rabbits
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The illustration on our cover is from the newly-published Robert Cormier novel Beyond the Chocolate War, (Gollancz, 0 575 03711 3, £7.95). The illustration is by Caroline Binch and shows in the centre Archie Costello, Assigner of the Vigils, holding the white ball which readers of The Chocolate War will remember as all important in deciding who undertakes the assignments that are required from certain unfortunate individuals. In this sequel new characters join him and the old return to play out Archie's last term at Trinity High. We are grateful to Gollancz for help in using this illustration.
A favourite nursery counting story first published in this country some ten years ago and now, happily, re-issued. It tells of seven little rabbits who set out for toad's house and, on the way, come upon a cosy den built by mole where they fall asleep one by one. The rhythmic nature of the text has a gently soothing feel to it making this a delightful bedtime sharing book for the very young and a good one for novice readers. The detailed pictures have a charm which just manages to escape being whimsical: all in all, a beguiling little book.