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DAVID HARMER was a primary school headteacher for a zillion years so he knows a lot about monsters! After he stopped being a head monster he started working in schools and libraries all over the country helping children and grown ups to write poems and stories. He also likes making people laugh and writing poems that everyone can join in with, as well as some more serious ones. David has published many poetry collections for children, as well as hundreds of poems in anthologies. He lives with his wife Paula in Doncaster. They have two grown up daughters, four cats and two dogs. And a monster that lives in the garden.
School life, families, football, aliens - these are some of performance poet David Harmer’s favourite things, all popular themes for his poems. Like the title poem to this collection, they are often presented with something of a ‘what if?’ warning, and readers should be ready for surprises – you might learn that granddad is an alien, or meet a pirate in Whitby Dock, or even see Father Christmas getting a parking ticket. Tucked in here too are reflective and rather lovely poems about the natural world, all characterised by Harmer’s keen eye. The collection lends itself nicely to bedtime reading, why not try one poem a night. ~ Andrea Reece
I don' t want to scare you But just behind you Is a ... . No! Don' t look! Just act calmly As if it wasn' t there. Like I said, Can you hear me if I whisper? Just behind you Is a ... . Read all about Magic the rabbit, the space explorer and the ferret. Beware of Barry' s budgie and whatever you do, don' t look behind you! A sparkling collection from one of the UK' s top performance poets.
Meet Calico Kate and her cut-throat Crew, learn twelve ways of walking the plank, find out about the buried treasure of spyglass Island and Blackbeard's ghost in this splendid volume of swashbuckling verse.
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