Jack emailed me and asked if he could review my book and I thought what a great idea! I told him he could go ahead on the condition he said what he really thought. I am hoping children reviewing poetry books will become a regular feature on the blog. Jack goes to Fendalton Open Air School and is aged ten. (Do get in touch if you would like to review a poetry book …. old or new).
This is a great review! I am full of delight. My first review. What a lovely start for my new book.
BOOK REVIEW: THE LETTERBOX CAT and other poems
BY: PAULA GREEN
ILLUSTRATED BY: MYLES LAWFORD
PUBLISHED BY: SCHOLASTIC (2014)
REVIEWED BY: JACK PREBBLE, YEAR 6 FENDALTON SCHOOL CHRISTCHURCH
Paula seems to like to write poems about animals, the weather and the seasons. In this book she also likes to play with her words and shape them on the page as the poem. I really like the poems that look like their subject, for example my favourite poem Nice Ice is in the shape of a melting icecream!
I love the way Paula describes every day things that makes you think of them in different ways. For example ‘The Rollercoaster’ is described as “a speed-boasting, stomach-churning, back-breaking, neck-cricking, most definitely absolutely awesomely fun chair!”
I wonder if Paula wrote The Letterbox Cat (the poem and the title of the book) to fit with her well-known website named Poetry Box…and have you noticed that some of her poems include the word box too…?
My favourite simile is in her poem, ‘Rain,’ when it says “the rain drops on my umbrella are like little girls in tap-dancing shoes”. Paula’s poem about rain inspired me to write a poem about rain too, which I have included below.
Thank you Paula for creating a truly pleasurable poetry book, filled with many playful poems. It is cleverly designed to make us think, imagine, dream and enjoy some special time ‘out of the box’ !
(Note from PAULA: I took a screen shot so you can see the colour)
The Rain by Jack Prebble
The Cold Rain patters on the roof
The Clear Rain makes puddles on the ground
The wet Raindrops, showers on my head
Black Ice frozen Rain
Rain can be a danger
Rain could be death
Rain makes me sad.