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New and Collected Poems for Children: CA Duffy [Hardcover]

Carol Ann Duffy
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3 Sep 2009
'In the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar.' (Guardian) This stellar edition of her poems brings together work from her four award-winning collections for children, and sprinkles in a generous helping of new poems to match. From her dazzlingly debut Meeting Midnight through to her newest, brightest poems, Carol Ann Duffy's writing for younger readers has always bubbled with wit and humour, intelligence and affection, and introduced us to many strange and wonderful characters along the way. Among the enchanting voices to be heard are those of the Loch Ness Monster's husband, the oldest girl in the world and a heard of cows on a shopping trip to Manchester.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571219683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571219681
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. In 2009, she was appointed Poet Laureate.

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'The Poet Laureate gives to her younger readers the same passionate commitment and ingenuity of her predecessor, Ted Hughes. There's nothing remotely secondhand about her children's verse, as this superb anthology reveals.' (The Independent 2010-11-02)

Although not a Christmas collection, it would make a wonderful present for a young teenager with an ear for poetry's rhythms and rhyme. Many of these poems have an engaging and often humorous fantasy element; Cucumbers creates in miniature a society where the new form of currency is the eponymous vegetable. It's fun, but it also implicitly invites its young reader to interrogate society's construction of value and wealth. And the poem Irish Rats Rhymed to Death should be compulsory reading for some of our political and financial "masters". (Irish Times)

A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy's collection opens with 'The Words of Poems', which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy's poems encompass everything from 'The Good Child's Guide to Rock'n' Roll', which is at least as much fun for adults as children, and the more obviously child directed, 'The Sock'. This really is an anthology to treasure. (Julia Eccleshare

In turn funny, poignant, playful, sombre and hilarious, this book offers a wide array of experiences along a huge cast of characters to discover, and creatures to delight in. Dipping in is a joy (Scholastic: Read Me) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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All of the new Poet Laureate's poetry collections for children brought together for the first time, plus lots of new poems.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book. 8 Oct 2009
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Bought this book to read to my class of 10 year olds. The poems are gritty, real and thought provoking accompanied by wonderful illustrations. The poems allow children to extend their vocabulary and lend themselves beautifully to indepth discussions on all aspects of life. A joy to read and discuss in the classroom and at home. I highly recommend this book to adults and children of 10 years plus alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Fine. Sparks Imagination and Wonder. 5 Oct 2010
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I have been a fan of Carol Ann Duffy's poetry for some time now. But this is the first time I have read her poems for children. I am still dipping into this volume that contains over a hundred poems. So far, it has been an absolute delight. Duffy manages to write as if from a child's perspective. She has an unbridled imagination. Like fairy tales, she captures a sense of wonder at the newness of experiences in a child's life. "Moon" is about a small girl in school who is captivated by a bright, warm, charismatic new classmate with whom she becomes friends. "Whee" involves a person taking their head off throwing like a basket ball through the air and flying over their town to see the beauty of the place from the sky. It's about looking beyond...This could be a child..but it could be me too ? "Worry" is about a creature-like feeling taking up residence in a person's consciousness - staying and not going away. The images are so fresh and vibrant. They make you look at the world and at life in totally new ways. Do read this wonderful collection. You will enjoy it immensely. Children are lucky to have such a poet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The grandchildren just love it 11 Feb 2014
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Even the smallest one likes the sounds of the words, while older ones enjoy getting suitably scared. It's a great selection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry 23 Aug 2012
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A mixed bag but generally interesting and often amusing. The grandchildren seem to like most of the poems anyway. Personal preference is bound to play a part in a book like this but overall it is a worthwhile book to keep on the shelf.
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