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Junior Book Club: September 2013

We round up the best new children's books for September


Posted: 1 September 2013
by Fiona McKim


 4 of 5 

The Emperor’s Nightingale And Other Feathery Tales by Jane Ray (Boxer, £12.99)

A witches' cauldron of children’s tales; from old to new, fairy to folk, mythic to modern, bound into a nice, solid hardback. Jane Ray’s compilation may look a little grown up, but large text (in fabulously medieval typeface, I might add) and a glut of truly beautiful illustrations on just about every page keep this feeling light enough for early readers.

The mystical atmosphere created by the olde-worlde tales is enhanced by said artwork, which has been created using an intricate scrapeboard technique, lending the imagery the rich texture of an engraving. This is crying out to be read aloud in front of a fire – perfect as autumn arrives.

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