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Age 9+. Winner of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 , which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Already an established poet and winner of the T. S. Eliot prize, Philip Gross has produced Off Road to Everywhere, a collection full of poetry that appeals to both adults and children. His language and diction is captivating, and the rhythmic measure of many of the poems is perfect for a younger generation getting into poetry. Throughout the collection, Gross mixes fantasy with reality and elevates the familiar with images like the ‘Folded...wings of old-gold birds, / Chinese screens’ (Shadow Party); and the exquisite illustrations complimenting the poems pick out more than the words on the page. Gross provide a wealth of knowledge on how to write poetry itself, and many of the techniques he uses can be used for workshops amongst adults and children. In an elegant and accessible collection, Gross introduces children to a world of thinking, writing and reading like a poet. The CLPE Poetry Award 2011 shortlist: Everybody was a Baby Once Cuckoo Rock If You could See Laughter Off Road to Everywhere A Million Brilliant Poems: Part One
Age 7+. A wonderful collection of mad love poems that will make you giggle, squirm and swoon. When frogs don’t turn into princes and a whale falls head over tail for a submarine, love really does turn upside down.
These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats convey the hilarity and nonsense of T S Eliot’s verses.
Age 7+. A wonderful treasury of more than 250 poems, old and new from old favourites by Rudyard Kipling and Hilaire Belloc to new poems by some of the best contemporary poets for children such as Michael Rosen and Carol Anne Duffy. Beautiful illustrations complement the poems making a collection to savour.
Every hectic spread is packed with doodles, poems and titbits of trivial advice and information. In both words and pictures it offers a feast of tantalising material which encourages speculation and enquiry. There are poems about Dad, Sausages and, perhaps inevitably in a collection of this kind – toilets. But the fun is good and clean, nonetheless.
Age 7+ Brilliantly observed as always, family, teachers, pupils and the dreaded school inspector all leap to life in this wonderfully warm and witty, brand new, poetry collection from Gervase Phinn. New kids, disobedient deputy heads, school reports and fireworks, daydreamers and embarrassing mums all make an appearance. And if you read on, you might even just discover the whereabouts of Colin's confiscated conkers; just don't tell the teacher!
This engaging first poetry book is absolutely the best one for the very very young. It celebrates all those things closest to a young child’s heart from food and family to animals and play. Gervase Phinn has written a corker and the illustrations by Jane Eccles complement the words so well.
Age 7+. This funny collection of poems for the 8-11 age group is all about one school. The verses cover such things as playtime, the school outing, the school nurse, French lessons, the three R's, nicknames, best friends - and a host of other topics all familiar within the school context.
Age 7+ 100s of poems chosen by school children all around the UK was the starting point for this collection. Roger McGough then paired the list down to just 100 contemporary and classic poems. January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham: "I had a poetry anthology as a child that I adored, but which is sadly out of print now. What I loved most about it was that there always seemed to be a poem to describe exactly how I was feeling. It gave the book a magical property for me. I still have my battered old copy and I often dip into it. Here’s an anthology that contains many of the same poems. And the great thing is that these were all chosen by children from 135 schools across the UK."
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