I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble as part of the blog tour for Bloomsbury and Kaleidoscopic Tours. What a beautiful book this is!
Can you hear the distant dragon’s rumble of thunder? And smell the sweet swampy aroma of the ogre? Can you taste the tangy tarantula tarts? And see the girl who’s really a wizard? From magic carpets and wands to unicorns, potions, creams and lotions, Paul Cookson’s brewing a spell of fantastically magic poems. On this tattered magic carpet You can choose your destination For nothings quite as magical As your imagination Beautifully illustrated, this enchanting anthology brings together work from a range of classic, established and rising poets including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Matt Goodfellow, Joshua Seigal and A.F. Harrold. Whether you’re in the mood for a haunting or a spell gone wrong, this collection of mesmerising poems will have you bewitched from beginning to end!
Information about the Book
Title: Fire Burn, Cauldron Burn
Editor: Paul Cookson
Illustrated by: Eilidh Muldoon
Genre: MG Poetry
Publication Date: 17th September 2020
Page Count: 160
The first thing I really appreciated about this fun book of poems is the way that it has been produced. The illustrations by Elise Muldoon are stunning and they really bring the poems to life and make the cover engaging and enticing. The font is also one that is designed to make it easier and more accessible for dyslexic readers to read.
This book of poems has really got me, and my class, in the mood for Halloween. They loved listening to me read the poems, laughing at the funny poems and gasping in excitement at the thought of some of the magic. In fact, they loved the poems so much that they were all desperate and eager for their own chance to read the poems.
This created such a special time in the day where I could choose some children to read (and in some cases, act out!) the poems. It engaged everyone in the class and has begun to develop and hone a love of poetry in my classroom. The children are eager to find more poems to read and have loved learning some of the new words in the book.
Their favourite poem was How to Turn Your Teacher Purple! They all seemed very excited about the thought of turning me purple, and I think some of them are plotting to try!
Overall, I would highly recommend this book of poetry for a fun, Halloween read!
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