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The illustration on our cover is taken from Think of an Eel, Karen Wallace, ill. Mike Bostock, published by Walker (0 7445 2250 1, £6.99) - see the article 'Facts... With the Freshness of Fiction' for more about this book and others in the 'Read and Wonder' series. We are grateful to Walker Books for their help in using this illustration.
A whole menagerie of pets and poems of different kinds to dip into. Creatures exotic and mundane inhabit a world that is both funny and tearful, well-known or crisply fresh. I've always loved T S Eliot's 'The Rum Tum Tugger' and familiarity hasn't diminished this - the illustration here is amusingly appropriate. 'Family holiday' made me tearful for the dog whose holiday time abandonment is complete, utter and unresolved - a powerful and uncomfortable poem to be read alone and impossible to read aloud without a catch in the voice. On a lighter note Gyles Brandreth's 'Ode to a goldfish' is a three word miracle.