Peter Purves Puppy Walker
During his time as a presenter of Blue Peter Peter Purves puppy-walked two guide dogs for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Now he has cooperated with photographer Fay Godwin to produce Tess, the story of a Guide Dog, Gollancz, 0 575 02959 5 £4.95. It’s a detailed and fascinating account of the life of a guide dog from the moment she is born to the day when she is left totally responsible for the safety of her owner. The full-colour photographs are an excellent complement to the text. Part of the proceeds from the book will go to the Association.
TV Star/Bologna Prize Winner
Yok-Yok created by Etienne Delessert has made his British TV debut in Ad Lib, Yorkshire TV’s programme for young children. The short animated films were made in Switzerland by Delessert and his team of graphic artists. Children who saw them on Swiss TV demanded storybooks – and more films. There are now six small square books each containing four episodes of Yok-Yok’s adventures. Each short six-picture adventure is followed by a short piece of text which enlarges on the experience and serves as a starting point for a conversation between adult and child. The glowing pictures of these beautiful little books, their potential which far exceeds their cosy appealing size and their price (99p each) should recommend them to parents and teachers. Yok-Yok with his amazing huge red hat should make many friends among children.
Nostalgia and Fun!
Piccolo have a full-colour paperback of the Mickey Mouse reprint produced in America for the Mickey Mouse birthday celebrations. It’s still a good read and lovely to look at. The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney. Piccolo, 0 330 26386 2, £1.25.