Lucky by Roger Mcgough


Written by Roger Mcgough

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5+. A fabulous collection of poems from one of the UK's best-loved poets. Deliciously witty, each of the fifty poems is a little firecracker of delight delivering knowledge and insights in a light and humorous way. Many are about animals and nature - The Meerkat Lullaby, Wasps, Every Little Breeze - and there is even one about pollen, but there are others about all kinds of subjects including the title poem, Lucky, the story of a boy who never managed to live up to his name. A collection to savour for its perfect use of language.


Lucky by Roger Mcgough

I'm older than my eldest son But younger than my mother One ear has an eagle tattooed on Skull and crossbones on the other What am I?

Solve riddles, find out how to please a weasel and discover what happened to the boy called Lucky! This brilliant collection is full of wit, wordplay and wisdom from Roger McGough, 'the trickster you can trust. A word juggler who never misses a catch' (Charles Causley). Includes new illustrations by the author.


'Amusing poems with a sharp sense of word-play.'

'A stocking filler that will bring joy all year round is Roger McGough's superlatively witty, word-loving collection of poems.'

's play with words is laugh-aloud fun, but, at the same time stamps the delight of poetry on young minds. Irish Independent'

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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96 pages
Interest Age: From 6


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2012




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