If You Could See Laughter by Mandy Coe

If You Could See Laughter

Written by Mandy Coe

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Age 7+. Highly Commended by the panel of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011, which honours excellence in poetry written for children.

Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin:

Mandy Coe has a vast amount of experience in writing children’s poetry, and her collection If You Could See Laughter is a remarkable book that shows her wealth of experience. Her language is layered, but at the same time wholly accessible to younger readers. Coe plays with language itself, conjuring sounds as images and images as taste giving the collection a very innovative and thought-provoking style. Full of natural sequences and everything that is important to a child, each picture in the poems are heart-felt, whether it is about school, parents, friends or animals. A wonderful collection, it certainly acts as a unique and essential introduction to the diversity of language.

The CLPE Poetry Award 2011 shortlist:

Everybody was a Baby Once

Cuckoo Rock

If You could See Laughter

Off Road to Everywhere

A Million Brilliant Poems: Part One


If You Could See Laughter by Mandy Coe

If You Could See Laughter is Mandy Coe's first collection of poetry for children. An award-winning poet, Mandy Coe is an educational specialist in poetry in schools and has been commissioned by CBeebies, the Book Trust, the Barbican and National Poetry Day to write poems and educational material for children of all ages. Her poetry has been described as 'literally spell-binding'.


'This book is exactly what it should be: useful, practical and detailed but also inspiring, enlightening and far-reaching. Writers as well as teachers will find it invaluable. I recommend it whole-heatedly.' - Andrew Motion on Our thoughts are bees

'Mandy Coe is one of our most exciting poets writing for children. Her quirky view of the world has a surreal edge and she manages to excite the imagination by ‘word surprises'. Well-crafted poems that take a new view on life.' - Pie Corbett

About the Author

Mandy Coe is an award winning poet and artist. She has published six books including thee collections of poetry for adults and one for children. Her work has been featured on BBC television and radio and she reads at literature events across the UK. D; D;As a freelance writer, Mandy works alongside community groups and inner-city schools. Her guide to the work of writers in schools (Our thoughts are bees, co-written with Jean Sprackland) is described as 'inspiring, enlightening and far-reaching' (Andrew Motion). D; D;Mandy Coe's first collection Pinning the Tail on the Donkey was short-listed for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize. Her poetry for children is anthologized by Hodder Wayland, Oxford University Press and Bloomsbury. Mandy is a Hawthornden Fellow. D;

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