An Imaginary Menagerie (Puffin Books)

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9780140327908: An Imaginary Menagerie (Puffin Books)

Well, you've probably never seen a yak in a yashmak, a canary gone hairy or a catapillow either. Roger McGough's highly inventive "Imaginary Menagerie" is the perfect place to find these and lots more amazing creatures, from a brushbaby living under the stairs to a nightingale spending a night in jail. You'll never again come across a collection like it!

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"Classic Roger McGough... Kids love these poems." The Guardian

Fun, clever, fun!

( School Librarian)

'In Roger's menagerie here, you can expect animals that are hybrids of mind-tickling wordplay. In Roger's prankish hands, caterpillar becomes "catopillow" and beware the allivator, that reptile that swallows shoppers at the top of the stairs.'

(John Agard Guardian)

This new collection lives up to its exuberant title. With quirky drawings by the poet himself, this zany menagerie of imaginary and real breeds, this A-Z of animal poems, is one with a difference - ultimately proof of the everlasting originality of McGough's voice.

( Bookfest Ireland - Recommended Reading Guide)

Illustrated with his own eccentric drawings. Short, funny and insightful, the poems cover topics from nits and slugs to seagulls and weasels. They are great to dip in and out of and your child is sure to appreciate the richness of the language.

( Junior)

While this kind of humour is sometimes thought of as the province of prepubescent boys, the cleverness with which McGough invests it means that this collection has a wider appeal and could also provide powerful inspiration towards imitation by young readers.

( Ibby Link)

The poems are very accessible for children to dip into or read as a collection. They are all short in length and the use of rhyme in the poems adds additional excitement. Learn the truth about the Loch Ness Monter; paso doble with the flamingo; find out where you can see a scallop gallop and learn all about the durinanimal in this book. The blurb challengs you to chose your favourite from this witty and wicked menagerie. I don't think I can!

( English 4-11)

A welcome republication for McGough's classic collection of real and imaginary animal poems, which first delighted readers of all ages more than twenty years ago. Adults who enjoyed these poems as children now have an excuse to revisit and share them with a further generation. McGough revels in the sound of words, puns and word-play generally, and in the incongruity of ideas and behaviour. The twenty-six short animal word portraits layer the surreal, the bizarre and the use of allusion to offer us an immensely engaging and amusing menagerie.

( Booktrust)

About the Author:

Roger McGough is one of Britain's most popular poets. He has been captivating children and adults alike with his unique blend of witty and sensitive verse for more than three decades and with more than thirty books. He is an international ambassador for poetry and was awarded an OBE for his work in 1997, and a CBE in 2005. In 2001 he was honoured with the freedom of the city of Liverpool.

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McGough, Roger
Published by Puffin (1990)
ISBN 10: 0140327908 ISBN 13: 9780140327908
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
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(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Puffin, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140327908

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