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Teach me the language of Cat: the slow-motion blink, that crystal stare, a tight-lipped purr and a wide-mouthed hiss
With wordplay, riddles and poems that are funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking, this is an exciting debut from an outstanding new poet.
Rachel Rooney's prize-winning debut poetry collection, first published in 2011, is now reissued by Otter-Barry books by popular demand, for a new generation of children.
The CLPE judges said: ‘These poems have a subtle distinctive speaking voice, lighting up shifts of thought and feeling that young readers will recognize but that clichés would conceal. Rachel Rooney relishes and shares the craft of poetry; gradually you spot exacting games of form and language beneath a surface that seems simple enough for youngest readers to approach, and the poems will grow in the reader’s mind
with re-reading, year by year.’
Winner of the CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award 2012.
Accepting the prize, Rachel Rooney said:
'Winning the CLPE Award is incredibly exciting for me - and slightly overwhelming too. Three years ago, even the thought of having a solo collection with a publisher was just a vague dream for me. But I was lucky enough to be taken on by Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children's Books and The Language of Cat was born. The CLPE is the only award for a children’s poetry collection - and this makes it an extra special one for me. I hope that my win might encourage other emerging poets to carry on with their writing. Miracles do happen sometimes!'
Teach me the language of Cat: the slow-motion blink, that crystal stare, a tight-lipped purr and a wide-mouthed hiss.
Let me walk with a saunter, nose in the air Full of wordplay and riddles, with poems that will make you laugh, tell you stories and make you think.
A box of delights Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate 2009-19
Thoughtful, quirky, sensitive, amusing, edgy Books for Keeps
Funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking ... the poems will grow in the reader's mind with re-reading, year by year. Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, prize citation
This book is brilliant because anyone, at any age, can read and enjoy it. It would be perfect for a birthday or Christmas present, and anyone who got it would be very lucky! English 4-11
|Publication date:||8th July 2021|
|Publisher:||Otter-Barry Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
RACHEL ROONEY trained and worked as a teacher of Special Needs for many years before re-discovering her love of writing poetry. She was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Poetry Award in 2015 and 2019 and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She has also been a judge for both the CLiPPA and the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Rachel was born in London and now lives in Brighton.More About Rachel Rooney
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