While choice remains limited, the latest big editions show the format at its best. Dick King-Smith's The Jolly Witch (Mac-donald Pounds 11.99) is great fun and shows off illustrator Frank Rodgers's rosy-cheeked chubby people in cosy surroundings.
Dramatic picture books such as Duck in Danger by J Croser and S Kennedy (Ragged Bears Pounds 12.95) take full advantage of the space. Marcus Pfister's Rainbow Fish to the Rescue (Ragged Bears Pounds 16.95) will guarantee more oohs and aahs. And traditional adventures-with-happy-endings like This is the Bear and The Scary Night by Sarah Hayes and Helen Craig (Walker Pounds 11.99) and Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (Macdonald Pounds 11.99) lend a new meaning to page-turning tension as the eye dwells on every detail: the angle of the cat's whisker as he stares at a spider, the dreamy smile of a boy hugging his bowl of goldfish.