Scaring them silly, Linda Burgess

Gladys Goes to War
Glyn Harper (Jenny Cooper illus)
Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143507208

Speed King
David Hill (Phoebe Morris illus)
Puffin, $25.00, ISBN 9780143507222

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur
Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones
Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143507192

Did You Hear a Monster?
Raymond McGrath
Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309130

WWI was interminable for those who experienced it. One hundred years later, those of us forced to go through those mad, cruel, ill-conceived times again are already praying that it might be over by Christmas. Unfortunately, thanks to that irritating thing called hindsight, we know there are still two years to go before armistice. Which means harmless toddlers and primary school students, for whom picture books are designed, could well have gone right through kindergarten and be at high school before someone calls a halt to the onslaught of books designed to either scare (or bore) them witless.

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