Take five

11th February 2000 at 00:00
MRS ARMITAGE AND THE BIG WAVE. by Quentin Blake. Red Fox Mini Treasures. pound;1.25.

One of six quality picture books re-issued in Random House's pocket collection. Blake's oddball Mrs Armitage and her many inventions translate well into miniature and even on a small scale that big wave is still capable of taking your breath away. Affordable and handy for littlies.

KING ROLLO'S PLAYROOM AND OTHER STORIES. by David McKee. Red Fox. pound;4.99.

Rollo is a king with conundrums that any young primary child will recognise. This lucid, witty and gentle classic from David McKee will continue to please in its new edition.

See also King Rollo's Letter and other stories; The Adventures of King Rollo; Further Adventures of King Rollo.

WHO SANK THE BOAT?. by Pamela Allen. Puffin. pound;2.99.

Small is obviously marketable. Puffin has also produced 10 best-elling picture books in a child-friendly size and price. The message in this little gem is child-friendly too, reminding us that even the smallest can also tip the balance.

THE HOTTEST BOY WHO EVER LIVED. by Anna Fienberg. Illustrated by Kim Gamble. Allen amp; Unwin. pound;4.99.

Re-issue of this delightful tale of a boy born of fire and his quest for human warmth.

An original treatment of the enduring themes of loneliness and prejudice with fresh yet sensitive illustrations.

THE RICH MAN AND THE SHOE-MAKER. by Brian Wildsmith. Oxford University Press. pound;4.99.

In the enormous market for illustrated retellings of traditional tales, Wildsmith's work endures and stands out for its potency and inventiveness. This tale about the corruption of riches is powerfully charged by his richly coloured, painterly and deeply emotive collages.

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