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The illustration on our cover is taken from The Ankle Grabber, written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Moira Kemp (1870817 07 9, £5.50). The book is published by Ragged Bears and is one of the Creepies series (for full details see page 4). We are grateful to Ragged Bears and Rose Impey for help in using this illustration.
This might make a class reader. It's an instantly absorbing story about persecution and oppression in the earliest days of the Russian Revolution, which might serve as a starter for what happened to the Jones family after the animals took over in Animal Farm. It is lent added poignancy because it's partially autobiographical and, of course, by recent events in Eastern Europe. I was a shade suspicious of the rather convenient chance meetings towards the end, but all in all I'd like to see it used instead of Silver Sword, which seems rather difficult to get off the ground nowadays.