If Only We Had a Helicopter by Roger Mcgough

If Only We Had a Helicopter

Written by Roger Mcgough
Illustrated by Michael Broad

7+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   9+ readers   Books for Boys   
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Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Here’s a slice of Roger McGough’s childhood to entertain young readers, stories of some of the antics he got up to with his friend Midge: adventures with a new puppy; fun days at school; days out on Formby beach, rucksacks packed with jam butties, dog biscuits and pop. McGough’s writing is very direct, perfect for Barrington Stoke who specialise in making books that are accessible to all readers, but he slips in lovely ideas and images too, so October is a bully wearing a grey frown and kicking the leaves around and the sea, the old sneak thief, steals footprints left in the sand and does who knows what with them. Like the treasure that the boys find (and lose), this is full of secrets, waiting to be opened. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7+

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If Only We Had a Helicopter by Roger Mcgough

Midge and co. are back! And this time there's a brand new four-legged friend in tow. New Dog needs a name and the boys need an adventure, so what are the three to do but sort it out themselves - there will be rescue missions, viking attacks and buried treasuregalore before the week is out. Laugh-out-loud adventures of childhood high jinks and rascality.

Particularly suitable for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7+

About the Author

Roger Mcgough

Award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author Roger McGough was born on 9 November 1937 in Liverpool, England. He was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, Liverpool, and at Hull University. He taught at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, Kirby, and lectured at Mabel Fletcher College in Liverpool and at the Liverpool College of Art. He was a member of the pop music/poetry group 'The Scaffold' between 1963 and 1973. He made his name as one of the 'Liverpool Poets' with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, included in The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1967). A Fellow of John Moores University in Liverpool, he won a Cholmondeley Award in 1999 and was awarded an honorary MA from Nene College of Further Education. He was Fellow of Poetry at the University of Loughborough (1973-5), Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University (1993) and is a member of the Executive Council of the Poetry Society. He was awarded an OBE in 1997.

He has twice won the Signal Poetry Award: first in 1984 with Sky in the Pie, then again in 1999 for Bad, Bad Cats. He is also the author of a number of plays, including All the Trimmings, first performed at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1980, and The Mouthtrap, which he wrote with Brian Patten, produced at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982. He wrote the lyrics for an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows first staged in Washington, DC, in 1984, transferring to Broadway in 1995. He has written for and presented programmes on BBC Radio including 'Poetry Please' and 'Home Truths'. His film work includes Kurt, Mungo, BP and Me (1984), for which he won a BAFTA award, and he won the Royal Television Society Award for his science programme The Elements (1993).

His Collected Poems, bringing together over forty years of McGough's poetry, was published in 2003, and his live poetry album, Lively, is now out on CD.

Author photo: Leila Romaya.

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64 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th September 2015




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