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Walking with My Iguana Brian Moses

Wayland (Publishers) Ltd
Paperback 96 pages

199 x 131 x 14mm
12th Mar 2009
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An essential classroom and library resource, this book features approximately 40 poems by some of the UK's top children's poets. The focus is on poems that come to life in performance and meet the needs of the classroom teacher particularly at KS2 in terms of delivering the Literacy Hour requirements for poetry. Paul Cookson, Michael Rosen, Andrew Fusek Peters, Pie Corbett, Wes Magee, and John Rice are just some of the outstanding poets that are included, and strongly represented are poets and poems from ethnic minorities whose work is more readily appreciated in performance than on the printed page eg John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Debjani Chatterjee and Adisa. Brian Moses, the doyen of performance poets for children especially in schools, has compiled this collection to not only demonstrate the richness and excitement of poetry but to meet a wide variety of curriculum needs. An accompanying CD features the poets performing their works. Many of the poems are accompanied by atmospheric music and sound effects.


Mega Star Rap by Valerie Bloom Bears Don't LIke Bananas by John Rice Keeping Fit by John Agard He Just Can't Kick It With His Foot by Paul Cookson Mum by Andres Fusek Peters and Polly Peters Dad by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters My Mum's Sari by Bashabi Fraser I'm Not a Kid by Valerie Bloom The Cat with No Name by Wes Magee Cool Cat by Mike Jubb The Tyger by William Blake The Monkey by Debjani Chatterjee The Wolf's Wife Speaks by Pie Corbett Aching Bones by Debjani Chatterjee The Ssssnake Hotal by Brian Moses Use your Rains by Andrew Fusek Peters Electric Guitars by James Carter Duppy Jamboree by Valerie Bloom The Witch's Brew by Wes Magee Casting a Spell on Old Charlie Bell by John Rice The Poem Imagines it is a Horror Film by Pie Corbett


Brian Moses lives in the small Sussex village of Crowhurst with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens. He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland. He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive. Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban. Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan

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