A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop


How fast can you read a poem aloud? Kate Wakeling asks us to read Probably the Fastest Poem in the Worldas quickly as you dare’. Thereafter, we’re aiming to read at ‘the speed of sound, the speed of light,/ the speed of ketchup when your T-shirt’s white‘. In fact, the poems within this new collection from the award-winning poet each offer an invitation to be read aloud.

Thereafter, we’re encouraged to consider a marvel. It’s how, when we’re so ‘full of food‘ to the point that ‘all [we] can say is:/ please please please/ don’t make me eat another bite//-  someone brings out/ something sweet,/ a tasty treat/ like pancakes oozing with syrupy yum…… (that) BOOM/ inside your tum/ you’ve room’. What a phenomenon!

It seems the ‘quiet of the trees‘ are a phenomenon too, as Kate Wakeling leads us into ‘the calm and quiet of being in a forest‘. Thereafter, we’re encouraged to allow our ‘thoughts‘ to ‘open like buds.//- -[our] worries [to] rest on softest moss‘ and feel the ‘special kind of still‘.

Bookwagon has long appreciated Kate Wakeling’s poetry. Her titles, including the CLiPPA poetry award winning Moon Juice, are aware, audible, engaged and motivating. We love the confidence, shape and thereafter the fun, opportunity, skill and variety evident within A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop. Bookwagon suggests these are poems to hear, recite, know well and share. We are overjoyed to welcome this wonderful poetry title aboard.

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A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop

Poems to Have Fun With!

By Kate Wakeling, illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon

(Otter-Barry Books)

It seems ‘The clouds are telling tales/ up up in the blue.// A story for me/ a story for you’. Meanwhile, award-winning poet Kate Wakeling offers ‘poems to have fun with‘ in A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop. There are certainly laughs to be had with Mr Long ‘who gets everything wrong‘ alongside a consideration that maybe it’s more fun that way. Thereafter wouldn’t it be fun ‘to bob like a robin‘ or even to ‘dance- along/ to [the] skeleton beat’ of ‘Skeleton Pete’?
What’s more, we’ve other characters to discover. In fact, there’s ‘big- bold- solid gold-/ Edna the Tremendous‘. It seems she’s somebody who will ‘defend us‘. However, what of ‘the eleven people on the bus‘ with their ‘eleven sorts of day’? Bookwagon considers that this poem offers the opportunity to suggest, predict and consider.
Then again, we’ve the same feeling about ‘Hamsters, Sharks and Life on Mars‘, where the poet reminds us that ‘different brains like different stuff/ to think about and do’. We’ve choices and responses to make all of our own, thereafter, with ‘Pick a Sound, Any Sound‘ where the poet asks us to suggest ‘the best sound around‘. Bookwagon suggests that reading these poems aloud would be included. In fact, we consider that A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop is a superb selection. Like Bright Bursts of Colour, for example, this poetry collection is one to read together, alone, know well and return to. It is a splendid addition to the poetry and reading shelf.


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