Tyrone the Dirty Rotten Cheat
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This month we feature the cover of Chris Powling's latest title, Where the Quaggy Bends (see Authorgraph). The book is published in July by HarperCollins (0 00 185417 8, £7.99; 0 00 674087 1, £3.50 pbk) and we are grateful to them for their help in using this illustration.
This book was greeted like an old friend. It's proved very popular and is now well thumbed and a bit grubby - an extremely good sign! It may be churlish of me but I'm disappointed that Hans Wilhelm stuck with Tyrone and didn't create another dinosaur villain. True, he does, once again, get his come-uppance but I couldn't shake off my depression that some of the satisfaction and power of the previous book, Tyrone the Horrible, has now been lost. Tyrone's bulling had been brilliantly and graphically defeated by Boland's ingenuity and to find him not only thriving but still persecuting Boland in this book somehow defeats the whole object.