Overheard in a tower block

by | May 21, 2020 | Book Review, Poetry

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Book Details

Overheard in a tower block
Joseph Coelho, illus. Kate Milner. Herefordshire: Otter-Barry Books, pb, 9 781 910 959 589, 2017, £6.99, 112pp.
Poetry, 8-14 years

This is a wonderfully varied collection of poems about growing up in the city with lively illustrations by Kate Milner.

The poems are funny, serious, imaginative and very engaging, written in a variety of styles. They will inspire and move young readers.

Wind
I clamp my eyes against the wind
and lean into its blast.
It sucks my clothes against my skin
and blows away my past.

Joseph Coelho is a poet, writer and tireless performer in schools and libraries. This is his second solo anthology, shortlisted for the CLIPPA prize in 2018, following a CLIPPA win for his first solo anthology, Werewolf Club rules, in 2015. Teaching sequences for both are available on the CLPE website.

Review by Pam Dix

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