By: Doug MacLeod
Illustrations By: Craig Smith
Convents are religious places
Peaceful and sublime
Unless of course you happen to know any of the nuns contained within the poetry of Sister Madge’s book. Sister Bossy likes to tell people off, Sister Isobel is a little careless with children in her care, Sister Stephanie rides with a motorcycle gang and Sister Laurel has a bad habit involving snuff.
This is a wonderful collection of poetry by Doug MacLeod and to be honest I have a fondness for them, especially Sister Ginger who met the cannibals. I first came across these when studying speech and drama and Sister Ginger was one of the poems I had to learn. They are so much fun, who doesn’t like to read about bikie nuns and plants that talk back. The illustrations amusing and perfectly suit the tones of of the pieces. If you are looking for something really fun and just a little different then definitely give this a shot, it is bound to brighten up your day.
Publisher: Working Title Press
Published: 21 March 2012
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Humour, Poetry
ISBN 13: 9781921504433
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By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrations: Axel Scheffler
Beware if you are out on the highway for along the highway rides the Highway Rat. The Highway Rat loves to steal travelers food, it doesn’t matter what, he just wants it. Then, as is wont to happen to baddies like him, he comes across someone a bit smarter. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.
Okay I will say it, this is awesome. I didn’t read the author blurb on the back cover before reading the story and I was only a few stanzas in when I was transported back to a time I learnt a poem called ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Donaldson says she was inspired by it and has kept true to its style – cadence and structure of the original. Of course the theme is is much more child friendly than the original, it is though a great take on the older poem. This version is filled with plenty of animals and silly goings on.
As always Scheffler’s distinctive illustrations fit the text perfectly, they are as fun and appealing as the text. It could also be a good way to interest young readers in poetry, though perhaps stick with something more child friendly than Noyes (my father was fond of Banjo Patterson).
Publisher: Alison Green Books
Published: 01 September 2011
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Poetry, Picture Books, Animal Stories
ISBN 13: 9781407124377
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