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PublisherFrances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
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Publication date5th May 2011
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The Language of Cat
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Winner of the CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award 2012.
Age 5+. With wordplay, riddles and poems that are funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking, this is an exciting debut from an outstanding new poet.
Awarding the prize, the judges said:‘These poems have a subtle distinctive speaking voice, lighting up shifts of thought and feeling that young readers will recognize but that clichés would conceal. Rachel Rooney relishes and shares the craft of poetry; gradually you spot exacting games of form and language beneath a surface that seems simple enough for youngest readers to approach, and the poems will grow in the reader’s mindwith re-reading, year by year.’Accepting the prize, Rachel Rooney said: 'Winning the CLPE Award is incredibly exciting for me - and slightly overwhelming too. Three years ago, even the thought of having a solo collection with a publisher was just a vague dream for me. But I was lucky enough to be taken on by Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children's Books and The Language of Cat was born. The CLPE is the only award for a children’s poetry collection - and this makes it an extra special one for me. I hope that my win might encourage other emerging poets to carry on with their writing. Miracles do happen sometimes!'
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SynopsisThe Language of Cat by Rachel Rooney
Find out who cast the P from a spell; read about the queen who dreams of eating burgers and chips; see what happened to the friend who swallowed a DVD; best of all, learn the language of Cat.
ReviewsIt is always good to come across a new name in children's poetry and Rachel Rooney is one to note. Having had more than 60 of her poems accepted for anthologies, Rooney has served her apprenticeship and deserves to have her first collection published in Janetta Otter-Barry's new poety list for Frances Lincoln... Rooney writes persuasively, and often amusingly, about the 'P
word. Other poems are thoughtful, quirky, sensitive, amusing, occasionally edgy. Hers is a welcome new voice
; she has alot of talent and has earned the Poet Laureate's positive recommendation on the back cover. 'A box of delights', indeed. Books for Keeps A remarkably assured collection. Carousel Quirky, funny and thought-provoking. This is an entertaining little book to dip into on holidays. Irish Examiner 5 Stars: Thoughtful, quirky, sensitive, amusing, occasionally edgy. Hers is a welcome new voice; she has a lot of talent and has earned the Poet Laureate's positive recommendation on the back cover. 'A box of delights', indeed.
Morag Styles Books for Keeps The poems are funny and quirky, with clever wordplay. Juno The distinctive drawings are a delicate strengthening of the reader
's feelings, including admiration. School Librarian With wordplay, riddles and poems that are funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking, this is an exciting debut from an outstanding new poet. Lovereading Wordplay, riddles, fun poetic forms abound in this remarkably assured debut collection... These are poems that will make you laugh and think simultaneously - and ultimately yearn to learn the wonderful language of cat. Bookfest Ireland - Recommended Reading Guide This is not a children's poetry book - it's a book of poetry that many children will enjoy, but which deserves a place on the grown-up shelf, too. Many of the poems work on several levels, most are thought provoking, all are clever and illustrate the poet's love of language and wordplay. There are poems about love, about growing up, about ambition, about loss and about the nature of poetry. This is the first solo collection by Rachel Rooney. I am sure it will be the first of many. Secret Lives of Poets Best Children's Books of 2011: What a treat to find 'The Language of Cat'
by Rachel Rooney. This debut collection is full of gems that can appeal to both a young reader
- and an adult. Rooney makes sophisticated use of language and is at ease with a variety of poetic forms and rhythms. If this sounds serious, it is not. The whole is imbued with a subtle humour, presented with a smile and accompanied by charming line drawings by Ellie Jenkins. Above all 'The Language of Cat
celebrates words and the poet
's craft. This slim little book contains treasure. (Ferelith Hordon, Chair, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Judges 2011.) Books for Keeps This book is brilliant because anyone at any age, can read and enjoy it. It would be perfect for a birthday or Christmas present, and anyone who got it would be very lucky!! I've kept my whole family entertained by reading these poems aloud, and I hope you can share the gift of Rachel's poetry with your family. English 4-11 A well-crafted, stimulating and un-patronising box of delights, always accessible and constantly inventive. -- Carol Ann Duffy A delightful assortment of poems in myriad styles. Brighton Argus Rachel Rooney's poems have a subtle distinctive speaking voice, lighting up shifts of thought and feeling that young readers will recognise but that cliches would conceal. Books for Keeps 'is something rare - a poetry book for children that doesn't patronise its intended audience'
The Guardian, Poetry Books of the Year 2012
About The Author
RACHEL ROONEY trained as a special needs teacher and currently works with children with autism. She also teaches poetry workshops for West Sussex's Gifted and Talented Programme, and leads workshops in schools as a visiting poet. She has been shortlisted for the Belmont Poetry Prize and 60 of her poems have been published in children's poetry anthologies. The Language of Cat is her first book of collected poems. She lives in Brighton.
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