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Title: Fire Burn, Cauldron Burn
Editor: Paul Cookson
Illustrated by: Eilidh Muldoon
Genre: MG Poetry
Publication Date: 17th September 2020
Page Count: 160
Can you hear the distant dragon’s rumble of thunder? And smell the sweet swampy aroma of the ogre? Can you taste the tangy tarantula tarts? And see the girl who’s really a wizard? From magic carpets and wands to unicorns, potions, creams and lotions, Paul Cookson’s brewing a spell of fantastically magic poems. On this tattered magic carpet You can choose your destination For nothings quite as magical As your imagination Beautifully illustrated, this enchanting anthology brings together work from a range of classic, established and rising poets including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Matt Goodfellow, Joshua Seigal and A.F. Harrold. Whether you’re in the mood for a haunting or a spell gone wrong, this collection of mesmerising poems will have you bewitched from beginning to end!
The magical poems selected are a brilliant mix
With something for everyone to get their poetic fix.
The illustrations are delightful and appropriate, too
Adding to the enjoyment of me and you
This book is one that feels fantastic and has contents that will
Your every magical wish fulfil
From Shakespeare to Harry Potter, magic creatures and spells
This book has them all and lessons as well
A gorgeous book of magical poems by authors from now back to days of yore,
A fabulous hardback that will be an heirloom for all to adore.
Thanks to Bloomsbury for my copy of this brilliant book
This review is my honest opinion after reading, I recommend you take a good look.
Paul Cookson lives in Retford with his wife, two children, a dog and several ukuleles. He has worked as a poet since 1989 and has visited thousands of schools and performed to hundreds of thousands of pupils and staff. Paul is the official Poet in Residence for the National Football Museum, the Poetry Ambassador for United Learning and Poet Laureate for Slade. He worked as the Poet for Everton Collection at Liverpool Library, was Poet in Residence for Literacy Times Plus and, as part of the National Year of Reading, was nominated a National Reading Hero and received his award at 10 Downing Street. Paul has 60 titles to his name and poems that appear in over 200 other books. His work has taken him all over the world from Argentina, Uganda and Malaysia to France, Germany and Switzerland.
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