LONG LIST REVIEW: Chicken on the Roof


'Chicken on the Roof' is a fantastic collection of lively poems on a wide range of subjects. There are many poems here which could be used to inspire children to write, read, perform and enjoy poetry. It is impossible to comment on each and every one here, no matter how much I would like to!- so here are a few!

'An Excellent Stick' is a joyous celebration of imaginative play, recognising the wonders of a simple stick in the hands of a creative child (or adult!) It reminds me of many walks when my son was little! This would make a great performance poem and could encourage children to think about how they might (nicely!) use a stick in their play.

'Library Poem' explores the endless possibilities the library offers. It ends on a poignant note:

A library will guide you,

show you what to do.

So stride inside a library-

the library needs you too.

This obviously lends itself to discussions about libraries and their importance to a community and the benefits library membership offers. Children could create their own verses, using their favourite reading matter as inspiration and then perhaps find out what the library has to offer on that subject. For a school library, it could be a great way of finding children's interests and making sure gaps are filled so that there really is something for everyone on the shelves!

'Messages' is a beautiful poem which encourages everyone to look really closely at the world around them and find the 'messages' in nature.

look closely: you will see

and understand.

It is the perfect poem to encourage children to daydream and wonder and create. Vocabulary has been chosen so carefully to create the perfect images. Just lovely!

Full of lovely illustrations, this is a collection packed with poems worthy of comment and perfect for enjoying with a class- or for yourself! Fabulous!

Chicken on the Roof    Matt Goodfellow

Otter-Barry Books    ISBN: 978-1910959909