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Wang-Foo, the Kung-fu Shrew: And Other Freaky Poems Too Paperback – 15 Aug 2001

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: The King's England Press (15 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872438687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872438689
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,074,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris White, author and illustrator extraordinaire, has come up with a "shrew-d" idea for this, his latest collection of zany poems. Following on from the success of his first collection, Bitey the Veggie Vampire, this new volume brings a whole clutch of crazy characters. From a rodent martial arts expert, we move swiftly on to a worm who surfs the internet, a centipede bank robber and an ant-eater called Wayne. Grandpa Hare contributes a moving tribute to all the greyhounds who have ever chased him, and Bitey himself, being a vampire of course, makes a comeback in these pages after carelessly dying in the first book. As usual, with Chris, the poems have hidden depths to them. If you like your poetry wild, zany and yucky, you'll certainly find plenty of stuff to laugh at inside these covers. But, in poems such as Elvis the Ugly Baby and The Little Blue Lion, Chris delves into difficult ideas about what is and isn't "normal", and how individuality counts. And, of course,being Chris, he manages to make it funny as well.

We could fill up this panel with quotations and testimonials from the kids at the schools where Chris has done his writing and drawing workshops, usually verging on fun-packed near hysteria for the kids, but if we put them all on, we'd need a jacket twice as big. Humour's sometimes in pretty short supply these days, but there's a good healthy dose inside this book that will keep you going for a long while. Just one word of warning out for those Pideys!

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