Wednesday, 5 February 2020

"Poems Aloud" by Joseph Coelho and Daniel Gray-Barnett (Wide Eyed Editions)

Celebrating the cleverness of words, Joseph Coelho has an amazing gift for engaging kids' future love of language - and making them think about the possibilities of poetry that go far beyond just being performance pieces.

But in "Poems Aloud" by Joseph, with illustrations by Daniel Gray-Barnett, the amazing subjects chosen for each poem are given even more vitality and importance when you get together with a bunch of friends and take turns in reading them out loud.

There are poems that almost have you tripping over your tongue. Poems that elicit an emotional response, or make you feel joyous, sad, thoughtful or completely at peace.

So let's have a look inside at this gorgeous book!

Gorgeous verse, glorious illustrations, this is a real treasure of a book!
Kids are drawn to poetry, not just because it encourages them to be clever with their own use of words, but because it's just such a powerful way to help them visualise a theme, or let their own minds wander and their own imaginations soar.

One of the funniest poems in the book. Chill out, chilli dude!
Sum this book up in a sentence: A gorgeous poetry compendium that's bound to be a surefire hit with kids who have fallen in love with the cleverness of our language, and the impact of words to draw up a scene in their heads.

"Poems Aloud" by Joseph Coelho and Daniel Gray-Barnett is out now, published by Wide Eyed Editions (kindly supplied for review).