Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Dragon with a Big Nose by Kathy Henderson (Children's, 5 years +, 8/10E)

 August 2013, Frances Lincoln, 96 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Summary from Frances Lincoln
The dragon with a big nose
and twelve toes
on each foot,
eats flies
and mince pies
and sometimes,
when he’s very bad,
whole towns
upside down…
Read about the dragon with the big nose, the gutter creature who rustles litter, and the dustcart dragon with his raging, rusty belly; watch the train rattling by, clackety-clack, clickety-click. Then find out if the new baby is magic, and whether Uncle Clem really had a blue mouse. But DON’T turn your grandmother into a frog!

Nayuleska's thoughts
I had to read this book in stages as I'm still not a major fan of poetry. All sorts of topics are covered: life in the city, pets, night time, imagination, weather,babies, electrical items, plumbers, transport and seasons. I particularly liked the poem about trains as the train carriages were pictures of real train tickets; the first poem talks about how much there is to read in the world and that reading is amazing; I was intrigued by the blue mouse; the layout of the crane poem was fun; the concept of electricity being invisible fire was clever; I loved the poems about rain because the style of the rain cloud and umbrella are like the ones I doodle; I liked how sometimes poems were linked to each other - there is definitely a poem for everyone!
Suggested read
For more poetry check out Here Come the Creatures by Wes Magee (Children's, Non-fiction, 9/10E)

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