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My Sneezes Are Perfect


Poems by Rakhshan Rizwan, with Yusuf Samee
Illustrated by Benjamin Phillips

An Emma Press Children’s Poetry Collection
Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 6+; for children aged 8+ to read on their own


Rakhshan Rizwan

Rakhshan Rizwan is a writer and scholar working at the intersection of creative and scholarly practice. She is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with Utrecht University in the Netherlands and has a PhD in Comparative Literature. She is the winner of the Judith Khan Memorial Prize for Poetry (2015), and her debut pamphlet Paisley (The Emma Press, 2017) was shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards as well as the Michael Marks Awards. Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, Blue Lyra Review, Bird's Thumb, aaduna and Postcolonial Text. She is the author of Kashmiri Life Narratives (Routledge), a research monograph which explores the intersections between human rights and literature in the Valley of Kashmir. She speaks four languages and is originally from Pakistan but has lived in Germany, the Netherlands and currently lives in the Bay Area in the United States.


A collection of poems in the voice of a small boy who wants to tell you about his family and all the things he’s learning all the time. As the collection progresses, we see him moving from the Netherlands to America and start settling in only to have Covid-19 hit, and then we see his funny observations about online school and the strange new world. Suitable for readers aged 8+.

Publication date: 18th February 2021
Page count: 96


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Dimensions 12.3 × 18.4 cm

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