The Hallowe’en Books Special.
The Quick Review
Francesca Simon’s delightful anti-hero is back in a new collection of stories, Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead. Children everywhere love Henry for his roguish behaviour: think Victor Newman from Y&R or Eastenders’ Grant Mitchell and you’ll immediately get the appeal. Ages 5-9.
The Italian artist Eva Montenari’s Witches and Fairies is a whimsical story of gentle rivalry between two kinds of magical beings, with stunning illustrations apparently reminiscent of Bruegel. Listen to the episode to hear Andy being more pretentious than humanly possible. Ages 2-5.
One of the best ever Hallowe’en stories, The Witch’s Hand by Peter Sutton will be a sure hit with imaginative children and mischievous fathers. Ages 3-7.
This episode of Apple Juice Radio also features an interview with one of the Beastly Boys, a trio of writers who have created a series of books called An Awfully Beastly Business. Ulf is an orphaned werewolf who lives and works at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts. With help from Tiana the fairy, a friendly giant, a mysterious ghost and a loyal vet, Ulf must stop an evil mastermind who wants to torture and kill beasts. Ages 8-12.