The Children's Book Guide

7th November 1997 at 00:00
The Little Ships. By Louise Borden. Illustrated by Michael Foreman. Pavilion Pounds 9.99.

The facts of Dunkirk 1940 gently finessed into narrative shape, encouraging the reader to find out more. An account of evacuation of British and French troops in which a girl - unlikely, but so what? - accompanies her fisherman father across the Channel to help in the loading of troops on to boats bigger than theirs. The incidents are recounted in poetic-documentary style, horrors described but diluted a little in Foreman's fluent watercolours. William Feaver (TES, July 11).

Beyond the Rainbow Warrior: Stories to Celebrate 25 years of Greenpeace. Edited by Michael Morpurgo Art-edited by Michael Foreman. Pavilion Pounds 14.99.

Nine seasoned writers have met the Greenpeace challenge in a remarkable diversity of ways with often outstanding illustrations by nine artists. All of the tales would work for captive listeners as old as 10 or 11, as well as for younger children. Try, for a start, Anthony Horowitz's witty pro-dragon story, illustrated by Quentin Blake, where so many points are lightly tossed in with the text. Naomi Lewis (TES, January 17)

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