Created: 4th September, 2019

Things You Find in a Poet's Beard

Author: A F Harrold
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Burning Eye

This poetry collection has a mix of themes and poetic forms that will delight and inspire young readers and writers. Everyday objects such as a Jammie Dodger in 'Jam' or the ‘humble sock’ in 'Socks', provide starting points for funny poems that will both enthrall and intrigue. Clever humour and wordplay in poems such as 'The Warning' and 'Two Quick Tips' encourage children to look at the meanings and interpretations of words, as well as providing belly laughs. Evocative imagery contained in poems such as 'The Flavour of Night' and 'February' enables children to visualise and feel like they are in the moments being described. Poems such as 'The Taste of a Biscuit' and 'A Poem for My Mum' enable children to respond emotionally to poems as well as showing them that writing poetry can be a cathartic experience, helping them vocalise and make sense of their own emotions, and how to write to create empathy and evoke emotion within a reader.