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Chicken on the Roof


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Matt Goodfellow is a poet and primary school teacher from Manchester. Hailed in Poetry Zone as a "fresh, young and welcome new voice to children's poetry", this is his second collection of poems. Since embarking on his poetry career, Matt's high-energy performances and workshops have delighted and enthused thousands of children in schools, libraries and bookshops across the UK. Matt Goodfellow lives in Stockport, Cheshire.

Hannah Asen creates vibrant, detailed pen and ink illustrations fuelled with humour and imagination. Hannah's love of words and pictures led her to study art and languages at Edinburgh University before relocating to the creative capital of Berlin in 2010. In 2017 Hannah returned to the UK and her Edinburgh studio is now filled with inks, paints and characters all coming to life.


"Matt Goodfellow's poetry shows how mystery and adventure can live between the shortest of lines"

-- Mandy Coe

"The poems cover every aspect of life and so will be enjoyed by anyone over seven, not just children and young people but adults too. It will help you through any situation of sadness, joy, pain, feeling lost."

* IBBY Link *

"Brings together humour, lyricism and contemplation with a voice than never fails to engage."

* Reading Zone 5 star review *

"While many of the verses are humorous, some are more serious and thought-provoking. The range of subject matter and style will ensure readers are never bored and lively pen and ink illustrations add atmosphere and complement the text. A lively, illustrated collection of entertaining poetry by a popular performance poet."

* Book Trust - Books We Love *

"Second collection of poems from Matt Goodfellow. His high-energy poetry performances and workshops have delighted thousands of children across the UK and this varied new collection shows shows a mastery of different tones and styles."

* Achuka Book of the Month *

"A spellbinding collection from a poet whose high-energy performances delight children across the UK."

* Read it, Daddy! *

"Mattgoodfellow is a performance poet and his energy and verve shine through in this collection - I would love to hear him performing them! The topics are wide-ranging and all very relevant to children - rock pools, hide and seek, I'm bored. Some short - two liners told with great effect - and others more subscantial; a great mix. A wonderful sense of humour pervades the poems, and adults will revel in that as they share these poems with children. "There's a chicken there's a chicken there's a chicken on the roof The only way she's coming down is chicken parachute!" What a picture that conjures up - and that's how to inspire children to read and write poetry."

* Parents in Touch *

"Rhythm, rhyme, wordplay and whimsy make up this collection of poems about imagination and play and everyday life. With amusing and inclusive cartoons, its great strengths are its short lines and succinctness."

-- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times *

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