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Hill (ON), Scholastic Tab Publications, vol. 1-, 1981-.
Distributed by Scholastic-Tab Publications, 123 Newkirk Rd., Richmond Hill, ON, L4C3G5.
quarterly, $9.95, ISSN 0713-6331.
Examples: vol. 2 nos. 6, 7, 8.

Grades 4-8.
Reviewed by Carol Steedman.

Volume 11 Number 5.
1983 September.

Fantastic! After reading numbers 6, 7, and 8 of this Canadian magazine for kids, I find there are not enough superlatives to describe it.

Its format is innovative, from its thick, brightly coloured cover (no more flimsy covers that tear so easily) to its detachable centre section called "Crunch." This magazine simply squawks for attention.

"Crunch" gives the reader a chance to write letters, stories, and poems. It is also packed with word games, jokes, and pictures. The obvious involvement of readers in making suggestions is an outstanding feature. When one reader asked for Christmas decorations, the next issue showed how to make bread dough creations.

Crackers contains informative articles about animals, with beautiful colour photographs. It has up-to-date topics, e.g., the filming of Superman III in Alberta, sailing with Toronto's brigantine program for teens, and computers. Canadians are spotlighted: Karen Kain in ballet, Carling Bassett in tennis, and even the Fraggles.

Regular features are "Incredible, But True. . .," illustrated pieces of Canadian trivia from Johnston's It Happened in Canada and excerpts from books such as The Toothpaste Genie by Frances Dun-can. No readers will want to miss "You Wanted to Know. . .," which offers factual, humorous replies to their questions.

This lively magazine will appeal to grades 4 to 6 and possibly also grades 7 and 8. It is certainly a must for elementary school libraries.

Carol Steedman, North Ward P. S., Paris, ON.
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