As I write this, it’s pouring with rain – all the more reason to celebrate the fact that Storytime Issue 36 is out now, because it is positively sparkling with sunshine and the perfect antidote to the gloomy British summer we’re enduring.
So save the puddle-jumping for autumn and join us on armchair adventures far and wide, as our summery issue travels to the beach, Hawaii and even to a dragon’s lair! Here’s what’s inside and more about our brilliant contributors.Our cover star is Doris the Singing Cow – a funny new story written by Philippa Rae and illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck, which will bring a smile to the faces of talent show fans everywhere. Readers can follow Doris’s rise to stardom from barnyard to the big time. Writer Philippa Rae has written many children’s stories and poems for BBC Radio, and her stories have been published in anthologies and magazines. Look out this winter for two new illustrated chapter books by Philippa.
For this issue’s fairy tale, The Dragon Queen, we welcome back illustrator Alessandra Fusi, who has previously illustrated Sleeping Beauty (in Storytime Issue 20) and a Norse myth (Sif’s Golden Hair in Storytime Issue 23). This time, Alessandra has tackled rainbow dragons, a flower princess, a daring prince and fantastic foxes.
We hope The Mare’s Egg will make our readers chuckle. It’s a funny folk tale about a family who are fooled into buying a pumpkin in the belief that a foal will hatch out of it. The ending is great and should cause a giggle or two. This story is wonderfully illustrated by Sara Toretta.For more summery fun, then pack your bags because we’re off to Hawaii in our latest legend, The Volcano Goddess – and Pele is a fantastic, fiery character. The gorgeous illustrations by Hanh Dung Ho bring to mind Boys Own and Girls Own annuals from years gone by – and a touch of Disney’s Moana.
In our fable, The Golden Galleon, we’re off to the seaside and… is that a pirate ship we spy out at sea? We can’t say much more than that or we’ll ruin the surprise. Art is by illustrator and comic book artist, Martina Naldi.
Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson is a perfect poem for a rainy summer’s day – and it should inspire you to get out the Lego or building blocks and create something fantastic of your own. Our imaginative illustrations are by Guilia Lombardo.
In Tales from the Around the World, we have a stunning story from Estonia, about the origins of the Milky Way.
And, of course, we have the latest instalment of our Alphabet Zoo poetry series. This month, join Bonnie and Boo at Grandad’s zoo as they visit animals beginning with letters J and K, including a fierce jaguar, an even fiercer komodo dragon, a cute koala and a multi-talented kangaroo. Tim Budgen, who we’ll be interviewing here soon, provides the illustrations.
As ever, there are loads of ideas for extending the story fun throughout the issue, including makes, colouring, puzzles, a game and book recommendations. Storytime Issue 36 is a little slice of summer fun and we hope you enjoy every page!
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