Happy Wednesday everyone! How’s Blogtober going for those of you taking part? Well, I can honestly say last week (4 posts in 4 days) was enough for me when I was also trying to prepare some Blogmas content. But today we’re back with a new book review – a great one for those of you with kids! Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble was sent to me in exchange for a book review, as part of the Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble Book Tour. Shall we dive in?
I’m really trying hard to get into the Halloween spirit this year (did you like my Hallotober Tag post on Monday?) – embrace a time of year that isn’t Christmas. We kinda need fun stuff to look forward to this year, don’t we? So when Blue reached out to me with a fun Halloween book – even one aimed at kids – I just had to say yes!
Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble
I was even more excited when I found out it’s a beautifully illustrated poetry anthology, bringing together work from a range of classic, established and rising poets including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Matt Goodfellow, Joshua Seigal and A.F. Harrold. Whether you’re in the mood for a haunting or a spell gone wrong, this collection of mesmerising poems will have you bewitched from beginning to end!
The Author of Fire Burn Cauldron Bubble
Paul Cookson lives in Retford with his wife, two children, a dog and several ukuleles. He has worked as a poet since 1989, and has visited thousands of schools and performed to hundreds of thousands of pupils and staff. Paul is the official Poet in Residence for the National Football Museum, the Poetry Ambassador for United Learning and Poet Laureate for Slade. He worked as the Poet for Everton Collection at Liverpool Library, was Poet in Residence for Literacy Times Plus and, as part of the National Year of Reading, was nominated a National Reading Hero and received his award at 10 Downing Street. Paul has 60 titles to his name and poems that appear in over 200 other books. His work has taken him all over the world from Argentina, Uganda and Malaysia to France, Germany and Switzerland.
Can you hear the distant dragon’s rumble of thunder? And smell the sweet swampy aroma of the ogre? Can you taste the tangy tarantula tarts? And see the girl who’s really a wizard?
From magic carpets and wands to unicorns, potions, creams and lotions, Paul Cookson’s brewing a spell of fantastically magic poems.
On this tattered magic carpet
You can choose your destination
For nothing’s quite as magical
As your Imagination.
Okay first up – I had never heard of half these poems, and I am so jealous of the kids who get to read this and grow up with it! The illustrations by Eilidh Muldoon are perfectly cute and great little additions to the anthology, keeping both myself and potential little ones interested from one page to the next! There’s a great mix of old and new poems alike, and as said previously, they come from a wide range of poets, making for a change from one page to the next. In my mind, Fire Burn Cauldron Bubble is the perfect introduction to poetry that is needed for any child who shows an interest in it. I personally would have enjoyed reading it at the age of 5-7 with a parent’s help, but would say that really children of any age would enjoy reading or being read the poems in Fire Burn Cauldron Bubble! The poems are enough to create the Halloween mood whilst giving young readers access to a range of voices and styles of the different poets, hopefully creating an interest that will last them a lifetime.
Where To Buy Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble
If Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble seems like the perfect poetry book that is missing from either your home or school library, then worry not! You can buy it today from Amazon for just £8.99 by clicking here! [AFF] Please note, price correct at time of publication.
Do you love poetry, or did you hate it as a child? What do you think? Don’t forget to pin this post to come back next year when you’re looking for a Halloween read!