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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.
Six supposedly spooky stories packed into seventy-five pages, with barely discernible illustrations, on shoddy paper. Children do like the feel of good quality paper when they are reading. Unfortunately, this is doomed from the start as second-rate and nothing in the text requires one to amend that judgment. In fact, it is impossible to avoid the feeling of déja vu redolent in the majority of them. Have your ever had that creeping cold, numbing feeling that puts the brain into shock, and sends chilling waves surging up and down your spine? Well, if you have you'll be wasting your time looking for it here.