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Brian Patten - Author

About the Author

Brian Patten was born in Liverpool in 1946. His poetry for adults has been published in many languages and his collections include ‘Love Poems’, ‘Storm Damage’, and ‘Grinning Jack’. His work for children includes the poetry collections ‘Gargling with Jelly’ and ‘Thawing Frozen Frogs’ as well as plays and the award-winning novel ‘Mr Moon’s Last Case’.

Featured books by Brian Patten

Other books by Brian Patten

Monster Slayer A Beowulf Tale

Monster Slayer A Beowulf Tale

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2020

One dark night, the music and singing wake a monster from a swamp ... Warrior after warrior comes to slay the monster, but no one can outwit Grendel. Only the great hero Beowulf stands a chance - but even he is not prepared for the horror that lies in wait. A stunning prose retelling of a Beowulf tale from an author-illustrator dream-team. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Grizzelda Frizzle and Other Stories

Grizzelda Frizzle and Other Stories

Author: Brian Patten Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2017

The Most Impossible Parents

The Most Impossible Parents

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2017

Ben and Mary have got an embarrassing problem, their parents - they're impossible! Ben and Mary's parents are a total embarrassment, whether they're at school for parents' day or at home wanting to become green. And now Mr Norm has entered a poetry competition and claims he's won - surely that's impossible!

Monster Slayer

Monster Slayer

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

The monster Grendel has awoken and the townspeople are terrified. Even the King has abandoned his great Hall. Hero after hero comes to slay the monster, but no one can outwit Grendel. Only Beowulf has a chance. But when Beowulf finally triumphs, an even greater horror awakens. Grendel's mother, the Hag, wants revenge on the slayer of her son. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Gargling with Jelly by Brian Patten, one of our best-loved poets. Hilarious, lyrical, outrageous and serious poems all rub shoulders in this collection. Naughty children with nasty habits, cartoon heroes that come to life, lonely caretakers, unhappy ghosts, fantastical creatures with crazy names, giants, goblins, vampires, mermaids ... there's never a dull moment in this marvellously quirky and refreshing jelly pot!

Can I Come Too?

Can I Come Too?

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

A very small mouse decided it wanted to have a very big adventure. I'll go and find the biggest creature in the world, it thought. Along the way it meets many different animals and when at last they find the biggest creature, the little mouse feels a great sense of achievement. 'Sheer delight' Amanda Craig, The Times 'A truly lovely book!' The Independent on Sunday

Can I Come Too?

Can I Come Too?

Author: Brian Patten Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2013

A very small mouse decided it wanted to have a very big adventure. I'll go and find the biggest creature in the world, it thought. Along the way it meets many different animals and when at last they find the biggest creature, the little mouse feels a great sense of achievement. 'Sheer delight' Amanda Craig, The Times 'A truly lovely book!' The Independent on Sunday

The Big Snuggle-up

The Big Snuggle-up

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

It all started with a scarecrow coming into the house out of the snow, bringing with him the mouse that lived up his sleeve. But it wasn't only these two who were looking for a warm place to snuggle up!

Thawing Frozen Frogs

Thawing Frozen Frogs

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

I nibbled a mother, But wanting something new I boiled a bit of Granny And tried some Uncle-stew. I did not eat the baby, That was out of the question. (And anyway they wriggle And cause indigestion.) Ever joined a Giant's family dinner, kept a pet wig, thawed a frozen frog or snaffled a giraffe? Thawing Frozen Frogs is a brilliantly inventive collection from one of the UK's top performance poets, including a wide range of poems that showcase Brian Patten's wit, slapstick humour, wisdom and sensitivity - and his poetry's huge appeal to children of all ages. Perfect for reading at school or at home, out loud or by yourself. Illustrated with Chris Riddell's funny and illuminating line drawings.

The Big Snuggle-up

The Big Snuggle-up

Author: Brian Patten Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

It all started with a scarecrow coming into the house out of the snow, bringing with him the mouse that lived up his sleeve. But it wasn't only these two who were looking for a warm place to snuggle up!

Jumping Mouse

Jumping Mouse

Author: Brian Patten Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2010

This Native American folk tale tells how a little mouse had the courage to leave his family's warm nest in the roots of a giant tree, and go in search of the Sacred Mountains. He has many adventures on the way and finds his true name of Jumping Mouse. He makes friends with a racoon, frog, buffalo and wolf, whilst taking care not to be caught by the Spots circling watchfully above in the sky.

The Impossible Parents

The Impossible Parents

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse

The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse is the definitive collection of modern children's poetry of our time. Enchanting, funny, exciting and poignant, there is every kind of poem for every kind mood. Discover the very best of children's poetry from the greats of the poetry world including, Allan Ahlberg, W. H. Auden, Charles Causley, Roald Dahl, T. S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Ted Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin, Laurie Lee, Roger McGough, Spike Milligan, A. A. Milne, Wilfred Owen, Brian Patten, Sylvia Plath, Michael Rosen, Ian Serrallier, W.B. Yeats, Benjamin Zephaniah and many, many more!

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2003

Hilarious, lyrical, outrageous and serious poems all rub shoulders in this collection. Naughty children with nasty habits, cartoon heroes that come to life, lonely caretakers, unhappy ghosts, fantastical creatures with crazy names, giants, goblins, vampires, mermaids ... there's never a dull moment in this marvellously quirky and refreshing brew!

Little Hotchpotch

Little Hotchpotch

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2001

This title is for the age-range of 3+. 'One day, a shy little creature looked at its reflection in a frozen pond. All it could see were its eyes. They were as big and bright as the moon'. But the little creature doesn't know who it is! And so starts an odyssey of a quest, from snowy icebergs to the dry savannah, from the polar bear to the little harvest mouse, as the little creature asks, 'Who am I?' But nobody knows - until the wise old owl is asked; he knows the answer, and the clue is in the title! This is a beautifully lyrical text from acclaimed poet Brian Patten is combined here with illustrations from best-loved animal artist Michael Terry.

Juggling with Gerbils

Juggling with Gerbils

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2000

A great new collection of poetry, wide-ranging in both form and subject matter. Full of Brian Patten's wonderful wit and moments of beauty as in GERANIUMS IN THE SNOW: Like children snuggling down under a white duvet Slowly the red geraniums Vanish under the snow. Brilliantly complemented by Chris Riddell's illustrations.

The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/1999

An utterly brilliant collection of the very best poems, from Puffin Books, A celebratory anthology of the best of Puffin poetry publishing, including poems by Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, Charles Causley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jackie Kay, Spike Milligan, John Agard, Brian Patten, Allan Ahlberg and Kit Wright. Each poet's work is illustrated by a different artist such as Emma Chichester Clark, Fritz Wegner and Korky Paul. Brian Patten came to public attention with the publication of THE MERSEY SOUND in 1967. He is a very popular performance poet, always in demand for conferences and school visits. Collections of his own poetry are published in Puffin and he is the editor of the PUFFIN BOOK OF TWENTIETH CENTURY VERSE. Brian lives in London. This collection features poems and illustrations from: Spike Milligan; Kit Wright; Michael Rosen; Charles Causley; Roger McGough; Benjamin Zephaniah; Brian Patten; Jackie Kay; John Agard; Allan Ahlberg; Emma Chichester Clark; Korky Paul; Alison Jay; Lydia Monks; Ali Chatterton; David Mostyn; Sue Williams; Sheila Moxley; Fritz Wegner

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