I love a well told story – don’t you? One full of intrigue and mystery, adventure and pathos.
Where do you trace your enjoyment of reading back to? Without a shadow of a doubt I trace mine back to Story Teller days. Thanks to Marshall Cavendish and all who kindly contributed. I feel so grateful.
The cover colour of issue 9 was a beautiful shade of orange. The meaning of orange is optomistic and uplifting – offering emotional strength in difficult times.
Many of the characters we come across in this issue were in need of strength, either physically or emotionally – thinking primarily of the kangaroo in Dot and the Hunters. She was in constant danger from people.
There was, as expected, three stunningly illustrated pictures. The main picture was that of the Pied Piper and the two inset pictures depict: Jester flying in a plane and the Genie in the bottle – assuredly deserved. Find out how it happens if you haven’t read the story already.
Stories in this issue:
- Abdulla and the Genie
- Dot and the Hunters
- Jester and the Vanishing Castle
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf
- Neville Toogood
- The Pied Piper
Music in this issue
Gyorgy Behar was the composer for Abdullah and the Genie – title: Two Turkish Folk songs
Robert Powell had read Aldo in Arcadia for issues 1, 2 and 3 and in this issue made a welcome return to read: The Boy who Cried Wolf and The Pied Piper.
Robert Powell is best known for his portrayal of Jesus in the movie Jesus of Nazareth and the fictional secret agent Richard Hannay
The story of Jester Minute was cleverly tied up in this second installment. What a character – still makes me smile.
Geraldine McCaughrean was one of Story Teller’s in-house authors and did a cracking job with Neville Toogood.
The Boy who Cried Wolf was this issue’s Famous Fable and the moral of the story rings true today.
In general this was a great issue. However, my one gripe is the lack of a poem. I think ST did a great job of providing short, sometimes funny sometimes thought provoking poems as a rule.
Until next time, happy reading!
Review by Graeme Johnston