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The poem on our front cover is taken from Figgie Hobbin by Charles Causley, with illustrations by Gerald Rose, re-issued by Macmillan (0 333 12078 7, £7.50) in May 1990. Figgie Hobbin was first published in 1970 and has remained in print ever since. We are grateful to Macmillan for help in using this illustration.
The basement of Crumbling Castle is inhabited by wizard Zebeleum and his crow, Jason; but the castle has other inhabitants, too. There's the invisible ghost who has to be scared to become scary himself and the dragon who needs lessons in dragonlore. Gentle, cosy magic for solo readers at the lower end of the junior school who will enjoy Helen Craig's amusing, detailed line drawings which are nicely integrated with the text.