The Word Witch Margaret Mahy. Edited by Tessa Duder. Illus David Elliot
If you buy one book this year and you have young children in the house, then get this one. You could get it out of the library but you may have to wait months to get it.
This is a book of poems written by margaret through the whole of her literary life and acquired from a number of literary sources including Learning Media and Margaret’s own private papers.
The shear exhuberance of the words leaps out at you as these poems are meant to be read aloud. Margaret Mahy is the word witch with a cauldron as a dictionary and her wand a mighty pen. Tessa Duder spells it out for you.
The collection starts with an early poem Oh there was and old woman and is completed with my personal favourite When I am old and wrinkled like a raisin. In between there are some brilliant poems that children and adults alike will relate to including a satire of Gilbert and Sullivan’s I am the very model of a modern Major-General from the Pirates of Penzance.
David Elliot’s illustrations are a sight to behold. Has he ever done better work than this?
In the back is a CD with Margaret performing these poems to children. great value
This book is simply superb and for everyone.