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Philip Ardagh

Awful Auntie review David Walliams's best book yet

The story of dreadful Aunt Alberta is a perfect marriage of text and pictures from 'the fastest-growing children's author in the UK'In Awful Auntie, David Walliams, with more than a little help from illustrator Tony Ross, has created his best book to date

Close to the Wind by Jon Walter review a tense wartime journey

The dangerous adventures of a young boy and his grandfather are brought vividly to life in Walter's debut children's novelIn Close to the Wind, Jon Walter reveals the rare ability to create totally believable characters and settings in few words and wit

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf review an illicit journey

The funny, insightful story of two boys who end up on a road trip using a 'borrowed' car, told through the eyes of a 14-year-old I was eating breakfast in a hotel, reading a book, when the German illustrator Axel Scheffler (of Gruffalo fame) sat dow