I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures by John Hegley

I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures

Written by John Hegley

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From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom) - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people, pets and all kinds of other creatures. In each of them John Hegley brings insights by highlighting particular characteristics. G is for Guillemot, in which the poem gives a visual image of the precipitous world in which the bird lives as well as describing its life; Christmas Caterpillar surprises Santa while Quibble will set all readers on a circular and quibbling conversation about exactly what is being described. A terrific anthology for diving into again and again.


I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures by John Hegley

This is a very funny, witty, zany collection for children, which will also appeal to the author's adult fans. It has all the John Hegley comic hallmarks, including references to wearing glasses, Luton, and dogs (being superior to cats)!

The poems are arranged alphabetically by title, with family pets and other animals featuring strongly, from a mos-quito and ants, through wise camels, goldfish and guillemots to Toby the armadillo from Peru and not forgetting the unusual unicorn in school.

The book is packed with John's unique brand of deadpan humour, and is illustrated in scrap-book style with the author's own quirky line drawings. This is a poetry book like no other!


'Children will love this any collection of poems featuring the unique voice of John Hegley - and I have a feeling adults will also enjoy I am a Poetato enormously too... This collection is laugh-out-loud funny, yet thought-provoking.' - July 2013 -- Marilyn Brocklehurst Bookseller'

'An excellent collection of poems by John Hegley in which he creatively explores the traditional format of the alphabet book... The rhyme and rhythm of many of the poems make them great for reading aloud... This collection would be an excellent resource in the classroom for introducing students to different forms of poetry.' INIS

About the Author

John Hegley

JOHN HEGLEY was born in north London and brought up in Luton. He now lives in Islington. His eight collections of adult verse have mostly been published by Methuen, and he has two children's books in print: My Dog is a Carrot, (2002, reissued 2007 Walker) and Monsieur Robinet, a dual-language storybook, pub Donut Press. He started out as a stand-up comedian/poet, performing his work on the festival and comedy circuit and he became something of a cult performer from the early 80s onwards. He has recently started to direct his writing and performances more towards children, but generally his shows will delight all ages. He plays the ukulele as part of his poetry performances. He is a Fellow of the English Association. John Hegley lives in north London.

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

3rd October 2013




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