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REVIEWERS IN THIS ISSUE


Brian Alderson is a former children’s book Editor for The Times. Gwynneth Bailey is a freelance education and children’s book consultant. Clive Barnes, formerly Principal Children’s Librarian, Southampton City is a freelance researcher and writer. Jill Bennett is the author of Learning to Read with Picture Books and heads up a nursery unit. Rebecca Butler writes and lectures on children’s literature. Urmi Chana previously a lecturer on bilingual issues in primary education and a primary teacher works in adult education. Robert Dunbar is a commentator on children’s books and reading. Anne Faundez is an education and children’s book consultant. Janet Fisher is a children’s literature consultant. Geoff Fox is now retired as Co-Editor (UK) of Children’s Literature in Education, but continues to work on the board and as an occasional teller of traditional tales. Dorne Fraser is Young People’s Reading and Learning Librarian for Norfolk Library and Information Service. Ferelith Hordon is a children’s librarian and Chair Elect of the Youth Libraries Group. George Hunt is lecturer in Education at the University of Edinburgh. Jana Novotny Hunter is an author and editor. Melissa Hyder is a children’s books editor. Rudolf Loewenstein is a Dominican friar. He also works full time in a primary school. Margaret Mallett is a researcher and writer on Primary School English and a member of the English 4–11 editorial team. Ted Percy has now retired as a children’s librarian in Lancashire, Ross & Cromarty and North Buckinghamshire. Clare Poole is Children’s Books Manager, P&G Wells, Winchester. Carole Redford is a part-time lecturer in children’s literature at St Patrick’s College, Dublin. Andrea Reece is a marketing consultant. Gill Robins is a Junior School Deputy Head, Leading English Teacher for Hampshire LA and Editorial Chair of the English Association publication English 4-11. Elizabeth Schlenther is Editor, English children’s books for gwales.com, The Welsh Books Council’s website. Judith Sharman is a former Primary Head Teacher. Rosemary Stones is Editor of Books for Keeps. Ruth Taylor has an MPhil in Children’s Literature from Cambridge University. Nicholas Tucker is honorary senior lecturer in Cultural and Community Studies at Sussex University. Sue Unstead was a publisher of children’s non-fiction publisher for 25 years and is a consultant.


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Barefoot Book of Mother and Daughter Tales HHHH 24


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Big Book of Words and Pictures, The HHHH 20 Big Blue Engine Blood Hound


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Catastrophic History of You and Me, The HH 30 Chilly Milly Moo Cinder


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Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day HH 21 Code Name Verity Dark Warning


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Day the Gogglynipper Escaped, The HHHH 22 Diabolical Mr Tiddles, The


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever HHHH 26 Dirty Bertie: Snow! Far Rockaway


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Fern and the Fiery Dragon Flute


Freight Train Furball and the Mokes


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Has Anyone Seen My Chihuahua? HHHH 22 Highway Rat, The How Do You Feel?


How the Olympics Came to Be India Dark In Darkness


Into the Unknown Katie in Scotland Kalevala, The


Knowing Me, Knowing You Little Lion


Little Penguin Learns to Swim Little Red Lolly Luck


Lulu reads to Zeki Magic Beans


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Me and My Family Monstersaurus!


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Moo Baa Baa Quack/ Meet the Gang HHH 22 Mr Gum in the Hound of Lamonic Bibber


Nelson at Sea


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Number Rhymes Tens and Teens HHHH 24 Oliver Twisted


One Two That’s My Shoe Opal Moonbaby Out of the Depths Out of this World


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Peedie Peebles’ Summer or Winter Book/ Oh No, Peedie Peebles!


Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe HHHHH 25


Peppers and the International Magic Guys, The HHH 26


Pinkie Mouse, Where Are You? Pirates Next Door, The Pirate Suit, The Plague


Psychosilly Red Car, Red Bus


Road to Stonehenge, The Scrum!


Sea Swallow, The Sewer Demon, The Song of Achilles ,The Story from, A series Street of Tall People Three Sillies, The To Be a Cat Torn


Twisted Heart


Utterly Lovely One Virtuosity


Wise Fool, The Witch in Winter, A


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