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This month BfK features Jane Ray’s cover for The Twelve Dancing Princesses. We’re particularly delighted to have the opportunity to use this illustration as it enables us to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Orchard Books - they’re 10 this year! And also to thank them for their help in producing our July cover.
This is the sad, funny tale of Morris in pursuit of his dream and there's real pathos: 'as a tear rolled down onto Morris's cheek ... If his own mother laughed at him, who would take him seriously?' Indeed, his attempts at controlling 42 pairs of ballet shoes gracefully in Madame Butterfly's ballet class are ridiculed -and, even worse, such humiliation must be borne before a huge audience. However, Stag Beetle's wisdom and Morris's strength of character win through and his ambition, with some compromise, is realised bringing an immense sense of achievement and happiness. Clever, sensitive and very funny.