Publication Date: 15-Sep-10 | ISBN: 9781844717941 | Trim Size: 178 x 110 mm | Extent: 96pp | Format: Paperback
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The Fantasy Kid collects together Rupert Loydell's poems for children, teenagers and the young-at-heart, all of which have been test-driven by the author at schools, festivals, libraries and readings around the country. Whether making excuses at school, pondering questions about the nature of chocolate, serenading slugs, saying good bye to a starfish, introducing us to Doctor Fizz and Alvin the Aardvark, or remembering holidays with distant relatives, these poems are witty, irreverent, memorable and odd – although this book has a serious side too … Look out! The Fantasy Kid is coming to your town, and your world will never be the same again.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents; Acknowledgements; The TV Went Away Today; Poem to Order; We Don’t Do That One Anymore; A Nice School; The Teachers; a (o); Wilberforce Grommett-Smith; The Fantasy Kid; If You Were Made Of Chocolate; Excuses; Morning Poem; Full; Sea; Dusk; Sunset; Days of Rain; River, in Flood; Snow; Frost; Tonight; Winter Triptych; Spider; Happy Hippy Poem; Timeless; Spiral Weld; Doctor Fizz; Alpine Zoo, Innsbruck; Found Animal Rights Poem; Teflon Finial And Alvin The Aardvark; Slugs; Poetic Blues; A Few Moments of Freedom; M6 Motorbike; Back Seat Driver; This Train; Truant & Fly; I Surfed Home On The Motorway; Who’s A Lucky Boy Then?; A Right Charlie; No One Made MashLike My Grandad!; Distant Relations; Glorious; Norfolk Broads; Keeping the Same Tension; Me and the Missus; The Pedlar of Winds; Tree Stump; November the Fifth Love Poem; Firework Finale; Missing Persons; Nobody; Clown; My Pebble; River; Poem For A Girl Putting A Starfish Back Into The Sea; Lullaby
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Rupert Loydell's writing for young people is full of fun, and intelligence, and above all possibility: the possibilities of what language can do, of what poetry is for, of what words can achieve. There's compassion here, and empathy and, dare I say it, love.” —
“Like The Fantasy Kid himself, Rupert Loydell chews language like gum, playing with the taste and feel of words as he rolls them round his tongue. Enjoy the taste and savour the flavours.” —
Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at University College Falmouth, and the editor of Stride and With magazines. He is the author of many books of poetry, including A Conference of Voices and the forthcoming Boombox!, as well as several collaborative works; he also paints small abstract paintings. He lives in a creekside village in Cornwall with his family and far too many books and CDs.