What’s that soaring through the sky? It’s Storytime Issue 32, and it will be landing with UK subscribers this week, and with international subscribers very soon. It’s a landmark issue in that it’s the first time we’ve ever had a myth or legend leading our cover art. In these unicorn-obsessed times, we thought it was fitting that we reminded everyone of the original and the best flying horse… amazing Pegasus!
With magical illustrations by El Gunto, we hope we’ve done Pegasus the Winged Horse and his sidekick Bellerophon justice. It’s a great Greek myth for kids with a memorable three-headed monster, so we hope you enjoy it.
School subscribers will also receive our fantastic Pegasus lesson plan and resource pack with lots of themed activities to try out in class. If you’re interested, find out more on our Schools site.
Another highlight of the issue is our prize-winning poem The Seahorses by nine-year-old Bryn Patel Stephens. Bryn entered our Poetry Competition in September 2016 and was selected as the winner by the Storytime team and esteemed children’s poet Brian Moses. It’s a stunning poem with stunning illustrations to match by Marina Pérez
A story guaranteed to make you laugh is Stanley and the Rampaging Robot by first-time author Stan Byford. Stan grew up building model robots and spaceships, but now makes websites for a living. In his spare time, he invents stories for his son Stanley – and this was one of them. It involves a trip to Mars, an out-of-control robot and jam sandwiches, and we think you’ll love it. As Stan says, “the illustrations by Marko Renko are amazing and have brought the whole story to life.”
If you think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, think again. Little Golden Hood and her granny give the wolf what he deserves in this alternative version with roots in the mid 1800s. We were delighted to work with the super-talented Martuka again on this, who illustrated our wonderful Little Mermaid cover last summer. (Pick it up from our Back Issue Shop.)
Storytime fans will know that we can’t resist a funny fable and The Cockerel and the Diamond is no exception, and this one has the added bonus of being set on a farmyard, which should please our little readers. Chickens with attitude come courtesy of illustrator Giovanni Abeille.
No Storytime issue is complete without a trip to Alphabet Zoo and we’re joining Bonnie and Boo for a trip to see animals beginning with the letters D and E, including a rather cheeky elephant. Tim Budgen is our resident illustrator/head zookeeper and you must download our free Alphabet Zoo Factsheet and Activity Packs too, which come with gorgeous animal alphabet posters to collect.
This month’s folktale is called Moscione the Fool. Our hero Moscione makes some pretty cool friends on his adventure: Lightning, Quick-Ear, Shoot-Straight and Strong-Back and, with their help, he outwits a king! Hopefully, it should make you reconsider the word ‘fool’. The gorgeous illustrations that accompany this story are by Tomasz Plaskowski.
Finally, our Around the World Tale in Storytime Issue 32 is The Sky Brothers Bring Fire, an Aboriginal myth about the origin of fire. Almost very culture has its own myth about how fire began, so why not use this story as a starting point for exploring more fire myths? Our cute koalas and kangaroos in this story are illustrated by Caroline Attia.
There you have it, packed to the hilt with stories, as ever, and we’ve even squeezed in drawing, puzzles, book recommendations, a competition and an awesome monster-making game!
Want to flick through the whole issue? Get a sneak peek here on our YouTube Channel!
We wish you a month of brilliant bedtime stories. We’d love to hear your favourites in Storytime Issue 32 – and why – and what stories you’d like to see in future Storytime issues too. Let me know on Twitter or Facebook and we’re also now on Instagram – so come and say hello!
Happy reading all!