LONG LIST REVIEW: The World's Greatest Space Cadet


This collection is about so much more than space! There are poems in a range of forms and on a variety of topics- all ready to be enjoyed.

There are some wonderful examples of concrete poems in this book. 'Spider, Spider' is an ode to these industrious marvels. Told in rhyme, the poem celebrates the wonder of the spider, using exclamation marks for its legs. This would be a great model to use to inspire children to create their own verse about a mini-beast of their choosing- or any other creature! 'Aha!' is shaped like a light bulb and is a funny poem about having that break through idea- or not!

'School Library!' is a fabulous celebration of all the wonders held in a school library- the places it can take you, the genres you can enjoy. It is crying out to be performed and should be plastered over the door of every school library in the country!

Collective nouns- real and made up- are always fun to play around with and 'How Many Minibeasts?' offers the opportunity to do this. Some using alliteration, all using imagination, the poem is a fantastic starting point for children to investigate collective nouns- a loveliness of ladybirds, a cluster of spiders, a bushel of stick insects- before thinking about why James Carter picked the words he used and then creating their own.

The language chosen is rich and varied, offering challenge and requiring reflection. James Carter's use of a range of fonts adding a playful note to many of the poems. Ed Boxall's lively illustrations add interest and are varied.

A great collection for using in class and enjoying everywhere!

The World's Greatest Space Cadet   James Carter, illustrated by Ed Boxall

Bloomsbury      ISBN: 978-1472929464