Climb aboard Countdown magazine, a literary treasure trove for children reading at an 7- to 9-year old level (early Stage 2 in the NSW K-6 curriculum). A wealth of stories, an explosion of poetry, an array of articles and a selection of plays, activities, comic serials and more await newly independent readers. All features are magnificently illustrated with artwork by some of Australia's leading artists or with carefully selected photographs. As an added bonus, each issue includes appearances by the charismatic mascots: Captain Ahab and his crew sailing aboard the SS Webweaver. They are hoping for smooth seas in their quest for bringing the very best stories and ideas to share with their Countdown readers.