Reviews

  • Shoctopus: Poems to Grip You by Harry Laing, illustrated by Clinton De Vere (Bunda Books, 2015)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2015/08/04/poetry-book-review-2/

  • Silly Squid! Poems about the Sea by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Cheryll Johns (Omnibus book from Scholastic Australia 2015)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2015/07/30/poetry-book-review/

  • Our Village in the Sky by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas(Allen & Unwin, 2014)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/08/09/1870/

  • Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Gabriel Evans (Walker Books Australia, 2104)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/25/roses-are-blue/

  • Speak Up! Poems selected by Mark Carthew, illustrated by Annie White (Teacher Created Materials, 2013)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/18/speak-up-review/

  • Vroom, Vroom!: Poems about Things with Wheels selected by Mark Carthew, illustrated by Paul Nicholls (Teacher Created Materials, 2013)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/22/vroom-vroom-poems-about-things-with-wheels/

  • Giggles and Niggles by Jenny Erlanger, illustrations by Loren Stewart (Haddington Press, 2007)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/20/giggles-and-niggles/

  • The Duties of a Cat by Jenny Blackford (Pitt Street Poets, 2013)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/19/the-duties-of-a-cat/

  • The Billy that Died with its Boots On and other Australian Verse by Stephen Whiteside, illustrations by Lauren Merrick (Walker Books Australia 2014)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/16/the-billy-that-died-with-its-boots-on/

  • Wicked Wizards and Leaping Lizards by Mark Carthew, illustrated by Mike Spoor (Random House Australia 2006)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/14/wicked-wizards-and-leaping-lizards/

  • Flabbergaster, selected by Mark Carthew, illustrated by Ed Myer (Teacher Created Materials, 2014)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/12/flabbergaster/

  • Bits of Kids’ Brains by Mike Lucas (Ginger Cat Book)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/09/bits-of-kids-brains/

  • Bully on the Bus by Kathryn Apel (University of Queensland Press, 2014)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/08/bully-on-the-bus/

  • Witches’ Britches, Itches and Twitches! by Mark Carthew, illustrated by Mike Spoor (Interactive Publications, 2012)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/01/witches-britches-itches-and-twitches/

  • Machino Supremo! (Poems about Machines) by Janeen Brian and Mark Carthew, illustrated by John Veeken (Celapene Press, 2009)

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/07/02/machino-supremo/

  • When the Moon is Swimming Naked: Australasian Poetry for the Chinese Youngster, Edited by Kit Kelen and Mark Carthew (ASM Poetry, Association of Stories in Macao, 2014).

Review link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/06/09/when-the-moon-is-swimming-naked/

  • Billy that Died with its Boots On by Stephen Whiteside (Walker Books Australia 2014)

Former editor of the NSW Department of Education School Magazine, Jonathan Shaw has posted a great review of Stephen’s poetry collection on his blog.

Review link: http://shawjonathan.wordpress.com

  • Verses for Children by various poets (Pine Street Poets, 2013)

Four Australians have joined together to self-publish this 42 page limited edition poetry anthology. They are David and Jennifer Rumsey, Heather Jacobs and John-Francis Thomas, all of whom are retired and living in Queensland.

Each of the 35 poems in Verses for Children is illustrated with coloured pictures by David Rumsey; the book’s editor is his wife Jennifer. Subject matter ranges from nature (animals, insects and rainbows) to school (high school, uniforms, bags), with other poems having titles such as ‘Football concerto’, ‘The park’, ‘Cess the talking crow’ and ‘Tugboat Trubbles (sic).’ There is a variety of poetic forms such as acrostic, diamante, limerick and free verse, but the majority of verses are written in rhyme. Without exception the verses employ simple language which makes them accessible to the average – or reluctant reader – aged six to nine years.

One of the better poems is ‘The Mad Mulch Monster’ by John-Francis Thomas which should appeal to teachers attempting to introduce the subject of composting to students. An amusing poem is Jennifer Rumsey’s, ‘Biography of a Fly’; in the first part an Aussie fly is searching for food, in the second part the fly meets its fate with a final ‘Splat!’

David Rumsey’s ‘That’s Where!’ is a good poem for teaching children prepositions such as ‘up (the red track)’ or ‘down (the brown hill) while ‘The Spider’ by Heather Jacobs consists of rhyming couplets about what happens when a spider confronts Mum.

The Pine Street Poets formed in a poetry study group after meeting at the Writers of Wynnum group. They meet monthly to critique one another’s work and have taken up regular invitations to perform at Wynnum Library in its ‘PoetsUpLate’ events.

Copies of the book can be obtained by contacting David Rumsey and Associates Pty Ltd, 102 Pine Street, Wynnum, QLD 4178.

 

Reviewed by Dianne (Di) Bates

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