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Blog Tour: A Passing On Of Shells

I read this brilliant collection of fifty-word poems in one sitting when it arrived, and then enjoyed reading them through again over a few nights with my eldest children. From laugh-out-loud funny, to touching and emotional, there's such a huge range to enjoy. It is a collection I can see us returning to again and again, and we really enjoyed discussing the poems as well as reading them.

Each poem is accompanied by a clever illustration from Chris Riddell which helped to bring the words to life for my children and added humour (I think the illustration for Hide and Seek is my favourite) as well as tenderness (The Childhood Thief) and greater understanding (Which Witch?)

My children's favourites were Macaroni Man, The Satsuma Rumour (which my son is still quoting now!) and Two Slugs Just Chilling in the Compost Bin. Mine were Pocket Poem, Medals and The Rainbow in the Cupboard - although it was really hard to pick just three.

The fifty-word limit was really fun, and would make this a great collection to use in classrooms.

Thank you so much to Scallywag Press for sending us a copy to review.

A Passing On Of Shells is written by Simon Lamb and illustrated by Chris Riddell


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