An Imaginary Menagerie by Roger Mcgough

An Imaginary Menagerie

Written by Roger Mcgough

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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin:

Roger McGough is one of the most well-liked and revered poets we have today and his children’s poetry is always imaginative and uniquely entertaining. An Imaginary Menagerie is a collection looking inside the strange world of unusual animals, from the Conger Eel to the War Thog. We are taken through tales of the ‘Badgers’ and ‘Goodgers’, the Porcupine that lost its quills, and the dangerous ‘Allivator’ – part Alligator, part elevator. A funny and exciting read, it is sure to have both adults and children laughing alike and is packed with McGough’s witty style that we’ve all warmed to over the years. Children will pick their favourite animal and be reciting it off by heart in no time – let’s just hope the Aunt-Eater never pops by!

Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011

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An Imaginary Menagerie by Roger Mcgough

From the anaconda in a Honda (don't ask him for a ride, you might end up inside), to the zonk (good for nothing and very rude), from the useful caterpillow and the reliable teapet to he newt who plays the flute, and the wordfish - who's a swordfish in a state of undress, this is an A-Z of animal poems with a difference! Choose your own favourite from Roger McGough's witty and wicked menagerie of rare breeds real and imaginary.


'Classic Roger McGough... Kids love these poems.' The Guardian

'Nothing will shake this book of its determined silliness and darned cheeky laughter. It creates a verbal playtime, high jinks and the illustrations definitely might encourage you to get a pencil and join in.' Inis magazine

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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