On Saturday morning, I woke up before the sun and for some reason I thought of all the reasons why I love the writing of Margaret Mahy.
She wrote to delight children, and if adults were delighted too (and yes they were!), that was a bonus.
She wanted to catch the ear and eye and imagination of the child; and how she did!
She didn’t stick to rules and regulations about what to write and how to write it.
Big words, delicious words, strange words, made-up words were IN!
Twisty sentences were IN!
Imagination was the Queen and good sounds were the King.
Repetition was IN!
Extraordinary things were IN!
Ordinary things were IN!
I sometimes wonder if her books would be published today as she was such a risk-taking, fun-loving, imagination-stretching, sound popping, WORD ADVENTURER.
I don’t know if such deliciously risky books get published now; books that break the model children’s book.
What I do know is Margaret Mahy is the author who has shaped me most as a writer.
She makes me want to do a little whoopy dance of joy to say thank you for such glorious poems and stories.
A Poetry Box Challenge: Write and tell me about one of your favourite authors and what you love about their writing.
DEADLINE for your Favourite Writer Challenge: Monday 21st November
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Favourite Writer challenge.
I will post my favourites and have a book prize for a student (Year 0 to Year 8).