Look who’s back! Dennis the Menace wows new generation of mischief-loving children

The Beano, the UK’s longest-running comic, is revitalised by digital spin-offs promoting the joys of youthful rebellion

Dennis the Menace, synonymous with childhood mischief and rebellion for more than half a century, is undergoing a multimillion-pound makeover as the Beano battles to stay relevant with the click and swipe generation.

Viewing data this week will show the cartoon series Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed has become the top show on the BBC’s children’s channel CBBC in its first week, and the 10th most-watched programme in the country among children aged six to 12, alongside The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

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From social media star to bestselling writer, the young ‘Instapoet’

Rupi Kaur’s first book, Milk and Honey, sold 1.4 million copieSOrdinarily, the illustration adorning the cover of a new book is not a big story, but such is the hype around the young Canadian poet Rupi Kaur that her plan to release the picture to her 1.3 million Instagram followers on 1 June is generating great excitement. Kaur, 24, came from nowhere to sell 1.4 million copies of her first book, Milk and Honey. That is almost unheard of for a first-time writer, let alone a first-time poet. First self-published in 2014 and then by a publishing house the following year, the poetry collection became a New York Times bestseller. Now Kaur is building up anticipation on social media for her new anthology, which is due out in September. And here, the Observer publishes an exclusive extract. Continue reading...