Review of 101 Poems for Children A Laureate’s Choice by Carol Ann Duffy

Today we hear from Bookbabbler Jan…

This is a wonderfully eclectic mix of classic and modern poems chosen by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

All too often, poetry for children is silly and banal but we really appreciated the range of works in this collection. There were some simple amusing verses balanced with some quite challenging and thought-provoking poems.

The Index of Poets reads like a A-list of literature: W.H. Auden, Robert Burns, John Hegley, Ted Hughes, Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan, Sylvia Plath, Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dylan Thomas et al. And yes, there’s a bit of a Scottish-bias!

The illustrations of Emily Gravett are superb! They really make this book even more charming.

In the introduction, Carol Ann Duff says she “tried to put together a poetry book that a child can live with for a long time”. She has certainly succeeded in that aim. It is such a special book that anyone who reads it will almost certainly wish to buy extra copies to give away as gifts to very lucky children.

Thanks Jan and thank you to Macmillan for sending us a copy to review.