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If You Could See Laughter is Mandy Coe’s first collection of poetry for children. An award-winning poet, Mandy Coe is an educational specialist in poetry in schools and has been commissioned by CBeebies, the Book Trust, the Barbican and National Poetry Day to write poems and educational material for children of all ages. Her poetry has been described as ‘…literally spell-binding’.
‘Mandy Coe is one of our most exciting poets writing for children. Her quirky view of the world has a surreal edge and she manages to excite the imagination by 'word surprises'. Well-crafted poems that take a new view on life.’ —Pie Corbett
‘Teasing, provoking, sharing an irrepressible delight in the world around us, Mandy Coe's poems brim with a love of nature, a relish for colours, shapes, sounds and show by example what a wonderful, infinitely malleable thing our language is. This collection is wonderful to read alone, but will prove to be an essential teaching aid for any educator who wants to share a love of language and of simply being alive. She liberates the poet in all of us, old or young.’ —Sherry Ashworth
‘This book is exactly what it should be: useful, practical and detailed but also inspiring, enlightening and far-reaching. Writers as well as teachers will find it invaluable. I recommend it whole-heatedly.’ —Andrew Motion on Our thoughts are bees