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Saturday, 9 October 2010

If You Could See Laughter by Many Coe

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 'Eliterally spell-binding'.
This is the first poetry book I have been asked to review and I am uncertain as to where to start. The book is a collection of Mandy Coe's work and is her first collection for children. The book contains over 50 poems covering a wide range of topics, many which have been written by Mandy along with a few written by others.
I started reading the poems from the beginning of the book and the first poem, 'Advice For', immediately got my attention and imagination going. This was continued throughout the book - who would of known that a poem about rhubarb would be written! I also loved the poem 'Wish' about a woman's life.
I really enjoyed reading these poems and the book is just the right size to slip into a pocket or bag for those moments where a spare few minutes can be filled with a good book.
Thank you to Salt Publishing for sending me this to review.

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