What About Me?
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Our front cover this month features an illutration by Mark Longworth for Gillian Cross's new paperback, The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster. Puffin publish this book in April 1995 (see the Gillian Cross Authorgraph for full details) and we are grateful to them for their help in using this illustration.
The plight of a dearly loved cat when a new baby comes to invade his territory is familiar to many households. Alex de Wolf gives us a delightful picture book that explores the experience through the eyes of the cat. Our discerning reviewers at school rated it very highly but felt that any new edition would be improved by keeping the suspense going longer. By not featuring the baby on the cover or the baby's bottle on the title page, therefore allowing us to discover as gradually as the cat does the meaning of the changes that are afoot, the mystery would be sustained for longer and the point made even more forcibly! We agreed this would be a good read not just for families with dearly loved cats but also for families with dearly loved young humans facing imminent changes of this nature!