Words are Power...and kids love the sound, feel, rhythm and punch of these verses, classroom and home favourites - at last collected together in one book for the first time. For years, these anarchic, funny sparkling and lively verses have been firm favourites in Britain's schoolrooms. Now, the first collection of the naughty, cross, exhilarated, silly, sad and heartfelt rhymes can be enjoyed at home, under the desk, in the playground, on the bus - anywhere you like. From the title grumble that 'Poetry is Boring' to the no homework excuse that rats ate my teacher's mum, to wistful wishes not to be picked on by the teacher, rants against unfairness and celebrations and tribulations of being a boy or a girl. Discover poems on the realities of childhood from racism, bullying and peer pressure. And find out what makes your own youngsters tick, think and laugh out loud. Some of the verses in this book, were written for the children at the Greasepaint Anonymous theatre workshops in London, where the author taught drama for several years, and others were written for individual youngsters in schools around the country.
Some of those children reading this book may find that their names have got stuck to their poems for ever! There are lots more poems to discover, and as always, the rhymes look at issues that matter to children and young people and are always told from their perspective. Because if you only learn one thing in life as you grow older, it is that children are always worth listening to - they talk a lot more sense than the rest of us.
Publisher: Imprint Illyria Books