Cookson’s assured sense of rhythm and rhyme make this a wonderful collection for reading aloud. The poems are so accessible they will appeal to the full primary school age range. Perfect for every teacher to have in their kitbag for those precious spare moments in the teaching day. And it goes without saying there should be a copy in every primary school library. In case there isn’t, buy a personal copy for anyone you think would appreciate it.
Paul Cookson’s staggeringly versatile range as a performance poet is fully displayed in this new collection. Humour, danger, wonder, surprise are the elements underlying his work. The collection contains some poems that need to be shouted and some that have to be whispered very quietly. There are many interactive poems in which a whole class or group of children can participate.