Badger's Parting Gifts
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The illustration on our cover is from Ben and the Bear, written and illustrated by Chris Riddell (0 7445 0480 5, £2.95), a title from a new series of Fun-to-Read Picture Books published by Walker Books. We are grateful to Walker Books for help in using this illustration.
This gifted young artist has made a poignant and special picture book about Badger, who dies, leaving his friends with fond memories and 'gifts' has left them. There are clever reverberations of The Wind in the Willows and other childhood tales. Is the writer/artist giving the pastoral tradition a crisp contemporary edge? The writing is humane, gentle, poetic; the pictures are integral. The telling is slow and not at all morbid. One not to be missed form a talent whose work could become significant.