The Rainmaker Danced
by John Agard , illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura Hodder £6.99 9781444932607 Shortlisted for CLiPPA 2018
Photo: Michael Thorn
John Agard’s poems display an intense integrity, never talking down to children, encouraging them to question, while being playful in tone, witty or satirical. They focus on social observations, play with ideas from mythology and traditional tales, consider new developments in technology and reflect on nature and humanity and their interaction. The bold black and white illustrations complement and counterpoint the ideas in the poems.