(Code: 978 1 909548 72 5 )
by Brandon Robshaw
Illustrated by Jane Eccles
(2017) A5 64pp pbk.
ISBN 978 1 909548 72 5
Prepare to be chilled! Prepare to be thrilled! Prepare to be scared, prepare to be nightmared! Ghosts, werewolves and things that go "bump!” in the night are all to be found within these haunting pages. Eerie buildings and unexplained happenings are all part and parcel of the author’s strange world. If you love to be scared out of your wits, you will love this book. In addition you will hear strange tales of déjà-vu, meet headless ghosts, a lovesick goblin, and, of course, bats, bats and yet more bats! Be warned though: whatever you do, don’t start reading these poems when you are all on your own at home in a darkened house at night. Don’t be tempted to read it by torchlight, under the covers at midnight, when witches are abroad. Once you turn these pages, there’s no going back! You might hear footsteps slowly coming up the stairs… but no, whatever you do, don’t turn round… whatever it was making that noise… it’s BEHIND you!
Brandon Robshaw is the author of 26 children’s books, both under his own name and under pen-names. He may be better known to you as the dad in BBC2’s Back in Time for Dinner, Back in Time for Christmas and Further Back in Time for Dinner.
Potty Poems of Facial Fur
by Gez Walsh, illustrated by the author
November 2014, A5, 64pp., pbk.,
A "POTTY POETS" BOOK
He's back! And this time, it's potty! Gez Walsh, the original Potty Poet, andsome would say still the best, has hit the bookshelves again thisautumn with his first new collection for some considerable time,GREAT AUNT FANNY'S MOUSTACHE. Gez, who burst onto the children'spoetry scene in 1997 with THE SPOT ON MY BUM, saw that book go on tosell almost half a million copies in seventeen years, and stillcounting. Originally written to stimulate his own dyslexic son toread, THE SPOT ON MY BUM has engaged countless thousands of childrenwho would otherwise have been reluctant to read "ordinary”poetry books because they failed to engage with their "boring”subject matter. Well, you won't find any hosts ofgolden daffodils in Great Aunt Fanny's Moustache (the book, not theactual facial fur – to be honest, that probably has got thingsgrowing in it, at least from the description in the title poem) Gezhas returned to his roots, to what Ian McMillan, himself a renownedpoet and host of BBC Radio 3's The Verb, once described as "thelanguage of the playground, of the top deck of the bus...” The subject matter is the usual preoccupations of the kids who will read these verypoems: teachers, school, embarrassing parents, pet hamsters, beingdumped by your girlfriend/boyfriend, and treading on cowpats, to namea few. Not to mention, of course, aunties who really need a shave. This is Gez Walsh's ninth Potty Poetrycollection, and his fans will see that the rapid fire rap and the humour that drives so much of his quest to bring literacy toreluctant readers is as undiminished as ever. So, if you're not sure if you arepotty-trained, grab a copy of Great Aunt Fanny's Moustache andimmerse yourself in its weird wacky world, to find out what all thefuss is about!