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John Foster is one of the nations best loved and highly regarded children's poets.

He was born in Carlisle, then educated at Denstone College in Staffordshire and Brasenose College, Oxford. For over twenty years John taught English at various Oxfordshire comprehensive schools. He is now a full-time writer and much in demand in schools and libraries as a performance poet. John's poetry anthologies present children with original and contemporary poetry, proving that poetry is both accessible and fun.


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What Do You Call a One-eyed Dinosaur?
What Do You Call a One-eyed Dinosaur?
John Foster
Dinosaurs seem to be a never ending source of jokes – their extraordinary appearance, their complicated names, they outrageous habits and the fact that not everything about them is already known, make them absolutely ripe for some good humoured prods....
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
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What Happens When the Queen Burps?
What Happens When the Queen Burps?
John Foster
A great collection of riddles, rhymes and jokes designed to make readers laugh out loud – and they will! Best-selling John Foster knows his audience exceptionally well and taps into school humour unerringly as Clever Trevor’s Classroom Quips demonstrates superbly.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
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How Do You Make a Skeleton Laugh?
How Do You Make a Skeleton Laugh?
John Foster
More jokes, riddles and rhymes this time about pirates, ghosts, vampires and flesh-eating zombies. Lots of jokes about ghouls and ghosts and some very unsavoury things that go bump in the night. Hilarious and horrid, this collection will delight young...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
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What Wears a Sock on Its Bottom?
What Wears a Sock on Its Bottom?
John Foster
Jokes, riddles and rhymes abound in this entertaining selection of ‘stuff’. Selected for its smelly socks, bogies, bottoms, cowpats and the rest, this is a easy to access collection for children who enjoy a laugh.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
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School's Out
School's Out
John Foster
Age 7+. Art lessons, drama, assembly, wet playtime and school dinners are just some of the many aspects of SCHOOL that are captured in these wonderfully wide ranging anthologies of contemporary poems. Both are a feast of entertainment that’s fun...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2009
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Excuses, Excuses
Excuses, Excuses
John Foster
Age 9+. Art lessons, drama, assembly, wet playtime and school dinners are just some of the many aspects of SCHOOL that are captured in these wonderfully wide ranging anthologies of contemporary poems. Both are a feast of entertainment that’s fun...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2009
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Oxford Junior Rhyming Dictionary
Oxford Junior Rhyming Dictionary
John Foster
7+ (Year 3-4, KS2). Newly updated. A fully illustrated alphabetical dictionary of first science words and concepts. Over 300 science words from ‘abdomen’ to ‘zoo’ are cleverly brought to life with illustration and text.
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2008
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Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary
Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary
John Foster
5+ (Years 1 – 3, KS 2 & 3). Newly updated. An innovative illustrated first rhyming dictionary with rhyming words, rhyming families even raps! This dictionary will help children build phonic and spelling knowledge in a fun way and is...
Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2008
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My First Oxford Book Of Poems
My First Oxford Book Of Poems
John Foster
Age 0 - 5+ A delightful first collection of poetry for young children with many old favourites and plenty new too. From the fantastical and nonsensical to everyday creatures and the weather you and your child will be charmed by...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2006
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