A Kid in My Class

By Rachel Rooney. Otter-Barry Books. 9781910959879. Hardback £10.99

Shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2019

Open this book and meet your new class in this collaboration where words and pictures work beautifully together. Maybe you’ll find a child you already know or someone who reflects the child in yourself. A variety of poetic forms abound. There are list poems that rhythmically describe a ‘Fidget’ or enumerate the qualities that guarantee eligibility for a ‘Drama Queen Award’. There are conversation poems such as ‘Copycat’ in which that annoying kid repeats everything you say in exactly the same tone, and the seemingly one sided conversation from the respondent in ‘The Questioner’.  We can share the ‘Friendship Bench’ haunted by a shadowy figure and enjoy the bouncy beat pounded out by ‘The Keepy-Uppy Kid’.


Rachel Rooney – Daydreamer


Rachel Rooney – Tips for the New Boy

Tips for the New Boy

Rachel Rooney – The Poet

The Poet

Rachel Rooney – Keepy- Uppy Kid

Keepy Uppy KId

Rachel Rooney – Seeker


Rachel Rooney – Talking Hands

Talking Hands

Rachel Rooney - Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare

Rachel Rooney - The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception