In the Children’s Poetry Bundle
My Sneezes are Perfect (2021), poems by Rakhshan Rizwan, with Yusuf Samee. Illustrated by Benjamin Phillips.
“I don’t want to have a beard.
It’s my worst nightmare
to have poky hair follicles
sticking out from my chin.
It’s going to be a very sad day
when I grow hair from my face.”
My Sneezes Are Perfect is a collection of poems in the voice of a small boy who wants to tell you about all the things he’s learning, all the time. During the book, he moves from the Netherlands to America and has to adjust to his new life there. Then Covid-19 hits and his world changes all over again.
Page count: 96 | Publication date: 18th February 2021 | ISBN: 9781912915682
Poems the wind blew in (2019), poems by Karmelo C. Iribarren, and translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. Illustrated by Riya Chowdhury. These poems reveal the magic in small, everyday things: a plastic bag dreams of becoming a cloud, raindrops go on holiday to the sea, and hats fill up with thoughts. The book builds an immersive, tender world and encourages the reader to look at the world around them with wonder and delight.
in the river,
through the hallways.”
Publication date: 21st November 2019 Page count: 80 | ISBN: 9781912915316
Moon Juice (2016), poems by Kate Wakeling, illustrations by Elīna Brasliņa. Kate Wakeling’s first book of poems for children is full of curious characters and strange situations. The poems are always musical, sometimes magical, and full of wonder at the weirdness of the world.
“Skig the warrior was more of a worrier.
He didn’t want to spear deer
or pillage villages
or hoot and toot when the crew looted somewhere new.
He’d rather play Scrabble than join the rack and rabble.
Yep, Skig was in no hurry to be a warrior.
It only made him worry (and sorrier).”
Page count: 96 | Publication date: 15th September 2016 | Paperback ISBN 9781910139493