Ffangs the Vampire Bat and The Kiss of Truth
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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.
Ted Hughes must make other creative writers sick; he's crammed enough original ideas into these 150 pages to spark off receptive imaginations into a myriad directions. The story of Ffangs is told in five sections that need reading aloud to be properly savoured. The poor little chap needs help to become human and for that 'a corrected person' must be found ... soon. Chris Riddell's spirited drawings add much to the whole and deserve special mention.