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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.
Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin:
Roger McGough is one of the most well-liked and revered poets we have today and his children’s poetry is always imaginative and uniquely entertaining. An Imaginary Menagerie is a collection looking inside the strange world of unusual animals, from the Conger Eel to the War Thog. We are taken through tales of the ‘Badgers’ and ‘Goodgers’, the Porcupine that lost its quills, and the dangerous ‘Allivator’ – part Alligator, part elevator. A funny and exciting read, it is sure to have both adults and children laughing alike and is packed with McGough’s witty style that we’ve all warmed to over the years. Children will pick their favourite animal and be reciting it off by heart in no time – let’s just hope the Aunt-Eater never pops by!
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011
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From the anaconda in a Honda (don't ask him for a ride, you might end up inside), to the zonk (good for nothing and very rude), from the useful caterpillow and the reliable teapet to he newt who plays the flute, and the wordfish - who's a swordfish in a state of undress, this is an A-Z of animal poems with a difference! Choose your own favourite from Roger McGough's witty and wicked menagerie of rare breeds real and imaginary.
'Classic Roger McGough... Kids love these poems.' The Guardian
'Nothing will shake this book of its determined silliness and darned cheeky laughter. It creates a verbal playtime, high jinks and the illustrations definitely might encourage you to get a pencil and join in.' Inis magazine
|Publication date:||5th May 2011|
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1|
Award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author Roger McGough was born on 9 November 1937 in Liverpool, England. He was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, Liverpool, and at Hull University. He taught at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, Kirby, and lectured at Mabel Fletcher College in Liverpool and at the Liverpool College of Art. He was a member of the pop music/poetry group 'The Scaffold' between 1963 and 1973. He made his name as one of the 'Liverpool Poets' with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, included in The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1967). A Fellow of John Moores University in Liverpool, he won ...More About Roger Mcgough