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The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice. spectacularly silly poems by A.F. Harrold. illus. Mini Grey. Pub Bloomsbury, 2020.

November 6, 2020 Comments off

Poetry is one o the best medium to illustrate how versatile language is and to show various situations for what they are from absurd to frightening.

The title suggests that the advice is not entirely useful but I found it very useful and have memorised a few lines to be used at the appropriate time.

Written in four sections with poems in rhyming couplets, in blank verse and both short and long but always showing how language can be used. Section 1is advice on food, ducks and dessert, Section 2 animals, giants and the natural world, Section 3 school life and general stuff and Section 4 the human condition. Some good stuff here.

My favourite is titled The Dangers of Rock and Roll and it goes like this:-

Don’t put a rock in a roll, unless you hate your teeth. And be careful when rolling rocks, in case you end up underneath.

Excellent illustrations that emphasise the madcap nature of the poetry.

One of the best [poetry books around for primary and intermediate students but even for older kids than that.

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My Parents Cancelled My Birthday by Jo Simmons, illus. Nathan Reed.

September 1, 2019 Comments off

cancelledMy Parents Cancelled My Birthday by Jo Simmons, illus. Nathan Reed. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

This is an easy to read novel for primary and Intermediate readers who have a vivid sense of humour and imagination. It is what I call intelligent silliness and believe me  the weird things that go on will have you in stitches.

Tom is nearly eleven and he wants a birthday like one of his school mates had. Unfortunately things happen in his family that cause his parents to cancel his birthday.

It starts with the family pig named Tiny. He lives on the roof of the garage because there is no room elsewhere on their section. When Nana comes round with her chihuahua named Margherita, Tiny falls off the roof and squashes the dog flat. Tony puts it in a pizza box and buries it in the sandpit at the local nursery school.

There is uproar in Tom’s family. Nan is distraught, his younger sister Meg blames herself saying she is jinxed because the tooth fairy has neglected to leave money for her lost tooth. Father can’t finish the novel he has written and has a headache and mother is stressed by work. After Margherita got flattened Tom’s parents cancel his birthday.

Tom then goes into crazy overdrive to get his birthday back.

From the author of I Swapped my Brother on the Internet also reviewed on this blog. For reluctant readers.

You will laugh yourself silly. Nathan Reed’s illustrations enhance the humour and the characters superbly.