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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847801838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847801838
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Putting a streetwise spin on well-loved tales, 'Goldilocks on CCTV' by John Agard is a light, comedic, lyrical feast starring a busted Goldilocks, a biker Cinderella and Puss-in-Trainers.


A contemporary take on traditional tales by the multi-award-winning and ever-popular poet, complemented by Kitamura's wonderful illustrations. Agard's anarchic retelling is full of surprises and chuckles.


Editor's Choice: Kitamura's black and white illustrations are as unique as John Agard's subversive and thoroughly modern take on fairytales and legend… A gem of a collection.

(Bookfest Ireland - Recommended Reading Guide)

A brilliant collection of poetry giving a contemporary and streetwise twist that will make you look at traditional fairy tales in a whole new light. Great fun!

(Annie Everall)

A resolutely contemporary selection of poems tuning classic fairy tales on their heads that will delight older children and adults.

(Angels and Urchins)

John Agard is one of Britain's finest poets, and in his reworking of classic fariy tales he has created a collection that is more revolutionary that cautionary.

(ABC Best Books for Children)

John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura have been together for some time, and Goldilocks on CCTV, keeps up the standard. Agard offers some thought provoking updates of fairy tale characters, to which Kitamura provides a pictorial black and white commentary. This is poetry of some depth for older readers, in which, beneath the humour, Agard probes both traditional assumptions and modern mores, coming down now on one side and now on the other. Kitamura’s bold illustrations, sometimes full portraits facing the reader, sometimes silhouettes, produce a mood of challenge and mystery.

(Books for Keeps)

Agard and Kitamura, what a naughty - with glottal stop - combination.

(Families South East)

A brilliantly subversive series of poems for teens from the pen of award-winning poet Agard. Some are funny, some poignant, such as the plea from an under-appreciated stepmother or the upbeat Ugly Sisters, but a few - Not My Uncle Bluebeard for example - are quite dark and genuinely challenging. Kitamura's distinctive illustrations complete this highly original, clever book.

(Daily Mail)

Best Books of 2011: The best kids’ poetry book was John Agard’s ‘Goldilocks on CCTV’ which, though directed at teenagers can be enjoyed by younger children too. These distorted takes on classic fairy tales are dark, funny and endlessly imaginative – and Satoshi Kitamura’s illustrations are cheeky, haunting and gorgeous.

(Time Out)

Poems in this collection really demand to be quoted, while the illustrations, often with complex allusions to other art, complement the verse in a unique manner. A collection to reread and ponder over!

(Ibby Link)

"This is a collection of ingeniously rewritten fairy tales and legends, with modern settings and hilarious twists and turns...The illustrations by Satoshi Kitamurab are quirky and anarchic."

(Irish Examiner)

"Clever,funny and relevant; the poetry will appeal to a wide age range… all will enjoy the rhymic mix of rap, rhyme and free verse which John accomplishes so well. A bonus is that each poem is strikingly illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura who calmly capture the essence of the verse."


 "a brilliant celebration of poetry"

(Armadillo Magazine)

Award winning poet John Agard has written a sharp and sophisticated new collection which gives an original twist to well-known fairy tale characters. A rhythmic mix of rap, rhyme and free verse reinvents familiar characters for the 21st century and explores their relevance for young people today.

(School Librarian)

very clever … a fantastic collection of poems.

(English 4-11)

About the Author

JOHN AGARD is one of the most popular and highly-regarded poets writing in Britain today. His poem Half-Caste is on the GCSE syllabus and he performs at Poetry Live events throughout the country. His adult collection, We Brits, was shortlisted for the 2007 British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year Award. His book for teens, The Young Inferno, won the CLPE Poetry Prize Award in 2009, was nominated for both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards in 2010 and shortlisted for the 2010 UKLA Award. Goldilocks on CCTV, his poetry collection for 11 plus, inspired by fairy tales, is on the 2012 CLPE Award shortlist. John lives in Lewes, Sussex, with his wife the poet Grace Nichols.

SATOSHI KITAMURA was born in Tokyo and he started work in advertising as an artist and came to London. He has written and illustrated 20 of his own books and illustrated many more. He has won a number of awards, among them the Mother Goose Award, Bronze Winner and a shortlisting for the Smartie Prize, a National Art Library Award and The New York Times Notable Book of the Year Award.

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By Kate on 21 May 2013
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Some very amusing poetry for the 21st century. Would suggest for 7 and older as some poems are quite challenging.
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