The Language of Cat by Rachel Rooney

The Language of Cat

Written by Rachel Rooney

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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:

'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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The 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.


...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

A delightful assortment of poems in myriad styles. Brighton Argus

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

About the Author

Rachel Rooney

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 was her first book of collected poems. She lives in Brighton.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2011




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