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The poems in Bookside Down are written about and for 21st Century children, who are into their friends, the TV, Wiis, DS's, computers, collectibles and things that make them laugh. They deal with important matters such as difficult schoolmates, daft parents, impossible siblings, the last days of the dinosaurs and the death of planet earth. In this book you will find rhyming poems, non-rhyming poems, poems that are conversations and poems that tell stories. You could read them to yourself, read them aloud, or even use them as patterns to write your own poems.
These poems were inspired by the Alien Guide himself, while The Fire Poet was innocently scribbling in his scruffy book of thoughts and ideas.The Alien Guide from Inner Space (who also answers to the name Agfis ) is a very powerful little wizard-like alien who can morph into a legion of beasts and avatars and he whispers to you in Singlish the words you need as you're writing. He's definitely from another place altogether - he calls it Inner Space. The Fire Poet calls it the Infinite Imagination, or sometimes Splogadon, depending on what mood he's in. Whatever name you want to call it, it's really wonderful and makes the days a whole lot of spangling-boota fun.
Winner of the CLPE Poetry Award George Szirtes' children's poems comprise riddles, mysteries and parables, strange encounters, cautionary tales, and meditations on just about everything under the sun - from the sea's hands to the wind's face. All Szirtes' technical virtuosity is on display, the music, rhyme and cadence fusing together with an Eastern European sensibility to provide a unique collection that will be treasured by all children and not a few adults. This generous new selection displays wit and warm good humour with a hint of the absurd. Also included are a series of translations of children's poems from Hungary including works by Sandor Weoeres and Zoltan Zelk.
Featuring turbo-charged trees, double agent forests and leaves that perform magic, this is a wide-ranging collection of fun, lyrical and thought-provoking poems. Some have already appeared on programmes such as Blue Peter, Poetry Please and BBC Poetry Pie. Others have delighted audiences up and down the country. There are new poems that celebrate the outdoors, tree-climbing, forest school, ecological matters and nature in the city, alongside a smattering of favourites from previous anthologies and collections. As ever Andrew infuses the poems with his bonkers and surreal imagination.
Age 5+. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Fred Sedgwick has a wealthy background of children’s poetry, and his new collection Here Comes the Poetry Man certainly shows this. Written for young children, the poems deal with many aspects of life, from a baby being born; to Victoria’s embarrassing mother; to the sad but beautiful death of a cat. It is a very charming and loving book with a lot of memorable characters like Mr Khan and his shop, Stanley the cat and poor Eloise. The collection is incredibly fun to read aloud, and will have children and adults speaking each line with non-stop laughter and warmth. The beauty of this collection lies in its diverse range of people and experiences, and is great fun for performing and reading with a group.
In the Land of the Flibbertigibbets is a collection of playful poems and versatile verses bound to entertain and capture the imagination of the young reader. From poems about a wizard's dragon and a dinosaurs' health spa, nonsense versions of nursery rhymes and fantastic football results, to a cautionary tale about a boy who is always sticking his tongue out. These new poems for children aged 7 to 12, include wordplay poems about anagrams and homonyms, a word-building poem about how to make a teacher, a chant about onomatopoeia and a poem about peculiar plurals. Haikus and clerihews, epitaphs and epigrams, kennings and lists make up this inventive collection.
Age 7+. Highly Commended by the panel of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011, which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Mandy Coe has a vast amount of experience in writing children’s poetry, and her collection If You Could See Laughter is a remarkable book that shows her wealth of experience. Her language is layered, but at the same time wholly accessible to younger readers. Coe plays with language itself, conjuring sounds as images and images as taste giving the collection a very innovative and thought-provoking style. Full of natural sequences and everything that is important to a child, each picture in the poems are heart-felt, whether it is about school, parents, friends or animals. A wonderful collection, it certainly acts as a unique and essential introduction to the diversity of language. 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 9+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 Cuckoo Rock creates a magical, elemental, questioning journey in search of a lost tomorrow through fire, earth, air and water meeting lots of wonderful knockabout musical characters on the way in poetry that is various, heartfelt, witty, skilfully rhymed and beautifully rhythmic. 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
High Tide is a collection of the best of my poems for children written since 2002. This is a book of very accessible, crafted poetry for children of seven years old and upwards, with a balance of rhyming poems and non-rhyming poems, amusing poems and serious poems. It ranges from pieces about animals and nature to poems about space, school, and family. It includes some nonsense and riddles, and two long story poems.
Vampires, witches, fairies, wizards and mermaids meet them all here in Angela Topping's poems. She shares her wicked sense of humour about school and celebrates festivals, families and nature in this delightful collection of much anthologised poems now brought together for the first time. These poems have been enjoyed by children of all ages the length and breadth of the country in a variety of venues including schools, libraries and festivals. Enter Topping's zany world of magic and mystery, where teenage wizards wear doc martens and your auntie is a vampire. You will never want to leave.
All the Frogs collects together the poems John Mole has written for children since the publication of This is the Blackbird which was shortlisted for the CLPE Award. As in his previous collections, he conveys the mystery, humour and sometimes pain to be experienced in everyday situations, and relishes the free play of rhythm and rhyme. Several of the poems here call out to be read aloud while others are more suited to quiet moments of thought. John Mole writes for children in the playground and for the solitary child in his or her private space. Charles Causley described an earlier collection as `the work of a true poet' and the same can surely be said of All the Frogs.
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