Where Zebras Go Poems by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Where Zebras Go Poems

Written by Sue Hardy-Dawson
Illustrated by Sue Hardy-Dawson

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Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018

Get ready to join in the Poetry Olympics, question a snake, talk to a toad and learn 20 ways to avoid monsters and mythical beasts. Where Zebras Go will lead you leads you on a magical journey across the savannah, into fairytale realms, back into the playground and through the seasons, introducing a whole host of animals along the way.

An exciting debut collection from an up-and-coming poet, covering wide-ranging themes with humour and fun.


Where Zebras Go Poems by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Where the elephants leave their bones where gazelle and bison follow where the great Sirocco blows where the rains go - zebra goes.

This is a diverse and exciting debut collection by a poet who performs regularly in schools across the country.


"A must get for primary classes and individuals in particular with a taste for the slightly quirky - the latter will, after dipping into this treat of a book, surely become poetry lovers." Red Reading Hub

"This is a little book full of magic. Sue Hardy-Dawson's exciting debut solo collection is a triumph. The language is so clever it weaves wonderful images in your mind; the poems make us laugh, cry, wonder and dream."
Poetry Zone

"Will lead you on a magical journey across the savannah, into fairytale realms, back into the playground and through the seasons, introducing a whole host of animals along the way." Read it, Daddy

"Sue Hardy-Dawson ranges across a variety of themes and poetic forms in her first solo collection... the poems are narrated in a variety of voices, especially effective in a section which riffs on fairy tales." CLPE Book of the Week

"This diverse collection of poems makes excellent use of many different ways of presenting poetry, with a wide and varied vocabulary to enjoy. It will also inspire children by its variety of form." Parents in Touch

"Sue Hardy-Dawson's poems have appeared widely in anthologies and she performs regularly in schools but this is her first solo poetry collection." Achuka

"A strong sense of inventive joy and verbal beauty characterise Where Zebras Go. Remarkably, this is Sue Hardy-Dawson's debut solo collection ..." Playing by the Book

A celebration of the magic of language. Sure to challenge, amaze and enchant. -- Rachel Rooney

Up there with the very best. -- Roger Stevens

About the Author

Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson is a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator, who has been widely published in children's poetry anthologies and has worked with children for over twenty years. In 2014 she was highly commended for the Manchester Writing for Children Prize. She is dyslexic and takes a special interest in encouraging reluctant readers and writers. Sue Hardy-Dawson lives in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Author photo © Holly Hardy-Dawson

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Publication date

2nd February 2017




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