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Colin West - Author

About the Author

Colin published his first collections of nonsense verse in 1975, shortly after graduating from The Royal College of Art, and since then has written over 60 children's books. His talent for off-message, anarchic laughter has brought him many fans, including America's Children's Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, who calls him a master of the art of humorous poetry for children. Colin lives in Battle, East Sussex. Visit his website at www.colinwest.com

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Other books by Colin West

Barmy Ballads

Barmy Ballads

Author: Colin West Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Barmy Ballads is a beautifully produced hardback collection of humorous poetry, introducing a wonderful array of crazy characters. Meet a nutty knight, a naughty witch, a smelly pirate, a not-very-jolly jester, a child genius, a hungry giant, a clever donkey, an invisible mischief-maker and many more. There is also a full supporting cast, including a crafty wizard, a lovesick fisherman, a helpful octopus, a hip hop drummer, seven washerwomen, a gang of bank robbers, a fiery dragon or two, not to mention the Queen of Spain and the old kitchen sink! Best-selling poet Roger McGough hailed Colin's previous collection, Bonkers Ballads, as a cracking book and now Colin is back with a whole new bunch of ballads even bigger and barmier than before. Barmy, brilliant and absurd - Colin West's mastery of witty improbabilities in rhyme, combined with the quirky charm of his illustrations, makes this book irresistible. Liz Brownlee (National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation)

Essentials of Fashion Designing

Essentials of Fashion Designing

Author: Colin West Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2018

The Bestest Ever Bear

The Bestest Ever Bear

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2010

A collection of poems featuring bears in aid of The Children's Trust. A collection of thirty poems featuring bears (and one extra one not about a bear!) to celebrate thirty years of Walker Books and in aid of The Children's Trust. The poems in this book are selected and illustrated by Colin West, a popular children's author who has written over fifty children's books and continues to produce poetry and picture books. The book features poems by Spike Milligan, Edward Lear, Roger McGough, Stanley Cook, Colin West himself and many more well-known poets.

Have You Seen the Crocodile?

Have You Seen the Crocodile?

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2009

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. The parrot, the bumble bee, the frog, the hummingbird - evryone keeps asking if anyone has seen the crocodile and the answer is always no. Little do they realize how close the cunning crocodile actually is!

Not Me, said the Monkey

Not Me, said the Monkey

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. This jungle tale reads as a long joke, furnished with a hilarious punch line. A simple scenario is established, and the lively, repetitive text builds up to the satisfying end twist, which is guaranteed to tickle even the most reluctant reader. Great fun to read aloud, this lively story is perfect as an early reader and bears many repeated readings, when the punch line can be gleefully pre-empted.

Hello, Great Big Bullfrog!

Hello, Great Big Bullfrog!

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. This jungle tale reads as a long joke, furnished with a hilarious punch line. A simple scenario is established, and the lively, repetitive text builds up to the satisfying end twist, which is guaranteed to tickle even the most reluctant reader. Great fun to read aloud, this lively story is perfect as an early reader and bears many repeated readings, when the punch line can be gleefully pre-empted.

A Crocodile's Teeth

A Crocodile's Teeth

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

An illustrated collection of fifty funny poems by a master of the genre. This anthology of nonsense rhymes on a range of silly topics will have children (and adults) rolling with laughter - and all are illustrated in an absurdly appealing style. One example, Coathanger, begins: I gave my love a coathanger. She flung it back at me. It acted like a boomerang, And hit her on the knee.

Toby and His Old Tin Tub

Toby and His Old Tin Tub

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2005

Toby wants to be a sailor, but all he has for a boat is an old tin tub. One day, Toby paddles far out to sea and is caught up in a terrible storm. Somehow his tiny tub survives, but Toby now finds himself in a very strange land - the home of a Sea Giant! But this giant isn't scary, he's sad and lonely; all the creatures in his kingdom are asleep and he can't discover the sound needed to wake them up. Can Toby help him find out what it is?

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