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Age 7+. A deliciously macabre collection of cautionary poems in which gruesome and grisly children are taught the errors of their ways. McGough’s own poem ‘Cautionary Tales’ entertainingly describes the fate that befalls Josephine whose lack of application at school cause leads fairly directly to her rather nasty fate. Familiar and unfamiliar, including very old favourites such as Poor Old Lady which tells of the woman who inexplicably swallows a fly – and then the rest -, all heed caution. Wonderfully macabre illustrations by the supremely talented Chris Mould complete a completely original book of poetry.
Here is a modern take on cautionary verse in the hugely successful tradition of Hilaire Belloc and others. Children getting into and out of trouble is the theme of this collection - which offers much scope for hilarious pranks and wonderfully sticky endings. With poems from poets as diverse as Hilaire Belloc, Shel Silverstein, Dick King-Smith, Heinrich Hoffmann, John Agard, and of course Roger McGough himself, this will appeal to all fans of the comic, the unfortunate, and the darkly humorous!
'The power of perfectly pitched poetic couplets combined with perfectly placed pictures creates a symbiotic dedxterity making this a pleasure both to read and to return to.' The Bookseller
'McGough is the patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy
|Publication date:||7th August 2008|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
Award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author Roger McGough was born on 9 November 1937 in Liverpool, England. He was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, Liverpool, and at Hull University. He taught at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, Kirby, and lectured at Mabel Fletcher College in Liverpool and at the Liverpool College of Art. He was a member of the pop music/poetry group 'The Scaffold' between 1963 and 1973. He made his name as one of the 'Liverpool Poets' with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, included in The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1967). A Fellow of John Moores University in Liverpool, he won ...More About Roger Mcgough