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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847801676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847801678
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is always good to come across a new name in children's poetry and Rachel Rooney is one to note. Having had more than 60 of her poems accepted for anthologies, Rooney has served her apprenticeship and deserves to have her first collection published in Janetta Otter-Barry's new poety list for Frances Lincoln... Rooney writes persuasively, and often amusingly, about the 'P' word. Other poems are thoughtful, quirky, sensitive, amusing, occasionally edgy. Hers is a welcome new voice; she has alot of talent and has earned the Poet Laureate's positive recommendation on the back cover. 'A box of delights', indeed.

(Books for Keeps)

A remarkably assured collection.

(Carousel)

Quirky, funny and thought-provoking. This is an entertaining little book to dip into on holidays.

(Irish Examiner)

5 Stars: Thoughtful, quirky, sensitive, amusing, occasionally edgy. Hers is a welcome new voice; she has a lot of talent and has earned the Poet Laureate's positive recommendation on the back cover. 'A box of delights', indeed.'

(Morag Styles Books for Keeps)

The poems are funny and quirky, with clever wordplay.

(Juno)

The distinctive drawings are a delicate strengthening of the reader's feelings, including admiration.

(School Librarian)

With wordplay, riddles and poems that are funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking, this is an exciting debut from an outstanding new poet.

(Lovereading)

Wordplay, riddles, fun poetic forms abound in this remarkably assured debut collection… These are poems that will make you laugh and think simultaneously - and ultimately yearn to learn the wonderful language of cat.

(Bookfest Ireland - Recommended Reading Guide)

This is not a children's poetry book - it's a book of poetry that many children will enjoy, but which deserves a place on the grown-up shelf, too. Many of the poems work on several levels, most are thought provoking, all are clever and illustrate the poet's love of language and wordplay. There are poems about love, about growing up, about ambition, about loss and about the nature of poetry. This is the first solo collection by Rachel Rooney. I am sure it will be the first of many.

(Secret Lives of Poets)

Best Children's Books of 2011: What a treat to find 'The Language of Cat' by Rachel Rooney. This debut collection is full of gems that can appeal to both a young reader - and an adult. Rooney makes sophisticated use of language and is at ease with a variety of poetic forms and rhythms. If this sounds serious, it is not. The whole is imbued with a subtle humour, presented with a smile and accompanied by charming line drawings by Ellie Jenkins. Above all 'The Language of Cat' celebrates words and the poet's craft. This slim little book contains treasure. (Ferelith Hordon, Chair, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Judges 2011.)

(Books for Keeps)

This book is brilliant because anyone at any age, can read and enjoy it. It would be perfect for a birthday or Christmas present, and anyone who got it would be very lucky!! I've kept my whole family entertained by reading these poems aloud, and I hope you can share the gift of Rachel's poetry with your family.

(English 4-11)

A well-crafted, stimulating and un-patronising box of delights, always accessible and constantly inventive.

(Carol Ann Duffy)

A delightful assortment of poems in myriad styles.

(Brighton Argus)

Rachel Rooney’s poems have a subtle distinctive speaking voice, lighting up shifts of thought and feeling that young readers will recognise but that clichés would conceal.

(Books for Keeps)

 'is something rare – a poetry book for children that doesn't patronise its intended audience'

(The Guardian, Poetry Books of the Year 2012)

About the Author

RACHEL ROONEY trained as a special needs teacher and currently works with children with autism. She also teaches poetry workshops for West Sussex's Gifted and Talented Programme, and leads workshops in schools as a visiting poet. She has been shortlisted for the Belmont Poetry Prize and 60 of her poems have been published in children's poetry anthologies. The Language of Cat is her first book of collected poems. She lives in Brighton.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate B on 1 May 2011
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I confess I know the poet but I wouldn't offer a public review unless I felt it was warranted. I enjoy poetry for serious fun and have immediately been swept along by the good humour and intelligence of this collection of (short) poetry. Although I'm probably a bit older than its target audience I'm looking forward to my babies growing up just a little so I can share the poems and jokes with them. However, my adult partner and I have already been giggling as we share the poems. As a secondary school teacher of English, I would happily share this book with my pupils as an accessible, non-frightening, fun route into poetry. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice Warner on 6 Aug 2011
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The joy of words and playing with them is central to this delightful, pick-it-up-and-read-it-again first collection from wondrous wordsmith, Rachel Rooney. She catches fish as big as a poem. She plays with stresses and changes words' meaning. She laments with the mermaid and conquers continents, without leaving her garden. It's a poetry playground for kids from seven to ninety-seven. I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ellah on 25 May 2011
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Always wary of children's poetry because it can be twee and patronising, but I loved The Language of the cat.

Well crafted and stimulating, thank you rachel rooney
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookness on 22 Nov 2012
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I wish I could go back in time and present this collection to my eleven year old self. It became an instant classic in our house (with children and adults alike), and now I buy it as a gift every chance I get. Rachel Rooney has a way with words which I can only describe as being clever in disguise. The Language of Cat is a mini feast of poems, delightful to adults but completely for and on the side of children. It also converted my 'I don't like poetry' ma-in-law (and at the age of eighty-three she's no pushover). A well deserved winner of the CLPE Poetry award, I reckon this has all the makings of a classic (and not just in our house).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver on 6 Oct 2012
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The "Language of Cat" is an economy of paper and a priceless collection of words and illustrations. As a children's poet, I recognize the magic in the rhyme, rhythm and integrity of this gifted wordsmith. It's not sensationalism that gets our attention, but a vision of the patterns that light up the eye of autism.
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