Inside Out: Children’s Poets Discuss Their Work

The terrific JonArno Lawson has put together a completely charming book, INSIDE OUT: CHILDREN’S POETS DISCUSS THEIR WORK. Delightfully illustrated, this small book (just right for fitting in a hand) contains twenty-four marvelous poems. Each is accompanied by a commentary by its creator and these are fascinating and delightful, invariably as poetic and quirky as the poems themselves. The poets included are John Agard, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip de Vos, Jackie Kay, X.J. Kennedy, JoArno Lawson (and if you don’t know his other award-winning books of children’s poetry go find them now!), Dennis Lee, Margaret Mahy, Adrien Mitchell, Roger McGough, Stephen Mitchell, Pat Mora, Grace Nichols, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sally Farrell Odgers, Jack Prelutsky, Annushka Ravishankar, Christopher Reid, Michael Rosen, Jeanne Steig, Matthew Sweeney, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Richard Wilbur, and Nancy Willard.

Highly, highly, highly recommended.



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5 responses to “Inside Out: Children’s Poets Discuss Their Work

  1. Thanks for the compliment! It was quite weird, writing a commentary for a poem I wrote in the 1980s! I offered to write a new poem and comment on that, but the editor gracefully declined that notion.


  2. Oh ho! You beat me to the punch! I’m planning on reviewing that puppy for Poetry Friday. Glad to see you liked it as much as I did too.


  3. I just ordered it through Amazon Marketplace thanks to your suggestion. I cannot wait to see it. :)


  4. Oh, that sounds good. Thanks, Monica. I hope my library has it.


  5. cloudscome

    I’m putting this on my list too. Thanks for the review.


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