Joy Cowley with illustrations by Giselle Clarkson, Gecko Press
see below for two pop-up Joy Cowley challenges! I have some surprise giveaways!
Gecko Press has published the most gorgeous anthology of Joy Cowley’s favourite stories, poems and nonsense rhymes. Everything about this book is perfect. The size. The feel of the paper. The way the words dance on the page. The way the stories and poems dance in your mind. The way words are so deliciously playful. And the way Giselle Clarkson’s heavenly illustrations are poems on the page.
This is a book to treasure.
This is a book to read when the rain slaps the windows so you feel warm inside.
This is a book to read when you feel a bit flat and dreary and need a book to set you soaring.
This is a book to snuggle up with and read to your mum or dad, or your son or daughter, or your best friend. Even a cat would start purring. Even the howling wind would listen.
‘The Tiny Woman’s Coat’ is the first poem in the book and is about a tiny woman who needs a coat and needs help to get it.
Joy sets her imagination dancing like the autumn leaves and brings in a porcupine and a horse and hey presto! A happy ending. You will have to read it to find out how these things fit into the story but here is the first verse:
The tiny woman wanted a coat.
“Where will I get the cloth?”
“Try some of our leaves,”
said the autumn leaves.
Rustle, rustle, rustle.
Enter this anthology and you will find intriguing cats and a storm of ducks, jellybeans and tractors, a cheese trap and elephants. Oh and even an old singlet!
You will definitely grin from ear to ear.
The poems move and squawk and whoosh!
You will find old favourites such as ‘Nicketty- Nacketty, Noo-Noo-Noo’ and ‘Greedy Cat’.
Like Margaret Mahy, Joy is the Queen of Having Fun with WORDS, especially made up words. I love ‘Goggly Gookers’.
Grandma has her own names for things – spectacles are goggly gookers, gardens are fizz-bustles, cabbages are grimlings, cows are clops and pickles are bundajins. See what you make of the last verse! I adore it.
put on your googly gookers.
The clop is in the fizz-bustle
eating all the grimlings.
If you don’t get her out
you’ll be in a bundajin.
And that’s a fact.”
Joy is also the Queen of WHAT IF POEMS. Like what if you drop your jellybeans – what a ROLLICKING WHOOSH of story-book imagination in ‘Do Not Drop Your Jellybeans’ – follow what happens when the jellybeans get dropped and you end up (after all kinds of catastrophes and calamities) on an iceberg! Wow!
I love the writing so much because Joy is our poetry trapeze artist: her words swing and soar with such agility on the line. I love how every line flows so sweetly with rhyme and invented words; the words that fit together like music. And all the delicious music goes hand in hand with storytelling that is equally delicious. The combination makes you feel so GOOD. Here is the start to ‘Super Jumble’:
There was trouble in the jungle
wen a buffalo tried to swingle
like a monkey from a bundle of vines.
He got into a tangle
and was left there to dangle
at a very awkward angle, in the lines.
The Goobledegook Book is the perfect book to read up a mountain or by a river, in the tent when you go camping or in the kitchen as the soup simmers, or in bed before you nod off to sleep and dream of cats and more cats and acrobatic words.
I love this book so much.
Gecko Press page
Two challenges for you
If you love this book tell me what your favourite poem or story in it is and why you like it in a few sentences and I will post some answers.
I would also love to post some fan mail for Joy Cowley. Write a letter to Joy saying what you love about her books – a bit about you – anything! I will post some and then she can get to read them.
I will have some giveaway surprises for some lucky young poetry fans!
Deadline: Friday October 25th
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include your name, age year and name of school (or say home schooled)
Don’t forget to write Joy Cowley challenge in the subject line so I don’t miss your email.
I will post on Monday 28th October.