April 2018 Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated by Jo Riddell, this collection of poems and stories is a perfect gift book. It’s ideal for dipping into, for quiet reading and for reading aloud; indeed, unusually amongst the stories, haikus and poems, there are a couple of rhyming plays too, great fun for the family or a group of friends. Single collections of poems are relatively rare these days, and it’s lovely to find one that gives the poet the space and time to explore ideas and return to themes. Poetry speaks to children directly, and this should become a real favourite, a book, to quote Rachel Rooney’s review, ‘to spark the imagination’.
The 101 poems, rhymes, raps, haikus, ballads, little plays, fairy tales and tall tales in Firecrackers pulse with excitement and wonder. It is a book where experience is turned upside-down: questions are answers, tomorrow is yesterday, and tears are laughter.
Every page invites the reader into an enticing world where concepts, language and rhythms conspire to spark imagination. Jo Riddell’s wonderful illustrations and her evocative and gorgeous line drawings draw the child even deeper into that mysterious world where the everyday becomes magical.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
|Publication date:||28th March 2018|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Zaro Weil lives in southern France with her husband, two sheepdogs, alongside a host of birds, insects, badgers, wild boars, crickets, donkeys, goats, hares and loads more. She has been a lot of things; dancer, theater director, actress, poet, playwright, educator, quilt collector and historian, author, publisher and a few others. Her poetry for children has appeared in many anthologies.More About Zaro Weil