Hiya everyone, Autumn is here and so are all the wonderfully spooky, witchy and creepy books! I have the pleasure of sharing Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble by Paul Cookson with you today! This blog tour was set up by Blue over at Kaleidoscopic Book Tours if you wish to go over there and give them a follow!
As you will know if you’ve been following my blog for a while, I am MAD for gorgeous book covers and this MG poetry book does not disappoint with its pumpkin-coloured hardback cover. The beautiful illustrations are black, glossy and perfect for the theme of this book. There are illustrations throughout drawn by the wonderful Eilidh Muldoon. My personal favourite is of Whizzo McWizzard!
Can you hear the distant dragon’s rumble of thunder? And smell the sweet swampy aroma of the ogre? Can you taste the tangy tarantula tarts? And see the girl who’s really a wizard? From magic carpets and wands to unicorns, potions, creams and lotions, Paul Cookson’s brewing a spell of fantastically magic poems. On this tattered magic carpet,you can choose your destinationfor nothings quite as magicalas your imagination. Beautifully illustrated, this enchanting anthology brings together work from a range of classic, established and rising poets including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Matt Goodfellow, Joshua Seigal and A.F. Harrold. Whether you’re in the mood for a haunting or a spell gone wrong, this collection of mesmerising poems will have you bewitched from beginning to end!
First things first, I am not normally one for poetry but anything related to Halloween is right up my street. Also, MG is a genre that I only really started delving into last year and found a passion for! This meant that when the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour came up, I couldn’t say no. I am so glad I said yes as this book collates poems from a variety of wonderful writers from the classic Shakespeare to the witty and wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah.
Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble is the PERFECT book to read/buy for your child this season. It has spooky autumn vibes from the colour of the cover to the content of the magical poems. When I read this book, I picked out a few of my favourite poems which include: ‘Arfle-Barfle-Gloopish-Curd’ by Paul Minton, ‘Ooshus Magooshus’ by Joshua Seigal and ‘My Pet Dragon’ by Helen Dineen.
I definitely recommend this book for children in Key Stage 2, however Year 2 children would also enjoy this set of funny, silly poems shared with an adult. The illustrations are funny and in my opinion, would liven up poetry and make it more accessible to reluctant readers.
Overall, a definite October buy for both parents and educators alike! Please go and share the magic of these poems with your children as we all deserve some magic during 2020!
Paul Cookson lives in Retford with his wife, two children, a dog and several ukuleles. He has worked as a poet since 1989 and has visited thousands of schools and performed to hundreds of thousands of pupils and staff. Paul is the official Poet in Residence for the National Football Museum, the Poetry Ambassador for United Learning and Poet Laureate for Slade. He worked as the Poet for Everton Collection at Liverpool Library, was Poet in Residence for Literacy Times Plus and, as part of the National Year of Reading, was nominated a National Reading Hero and received his award at 10 Downing Street. Paul has 60 titles to his name and poems that appear in over 200 other books. His work has taken him all over the world from Argentina, Uganda and Malaysia to France, Germany and Switzerland.
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Thank you so much for reading my blog post for Kaleidoscopic Book Tours and I would like to say a big thank you to Blue for organising, Paul Cookson for putting this magical book together and Bloomsbury for providing me with a review copy. This does not affect my review in any way as I strive to give honest reviews. Thank you again for reading and I shall see you all soon!