Review of What I Like!

This is a delightful, witty book of verse written by a master. It introduces children to the world of poetry and the enjoyment of words and continues along the well worn tracks of some familiar nursery rhymes – The Grand Old Duke of Kent or Mary, Mary Quite Contrary – until you or the child are suddenly brought up short by the surprise of a suddenly anarchically different last line. Would a child be upset by this or just enjoy the difference? The poems are about what is closest to a young child’s heart: animals, food, activities and most of all fun. The book is clearly and attractively illustrated by Jane Eccles. It is an excellent supporting text for the Foundation Stage and KS1 in England and Wales, and for the Early Intervention Schemes in Scotland aimed at raising literacy and numeracy in the first two years of the primary school.

School Librarian, vol.533 no 2. 31st May 2005

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