A Kid in My Class


‘A Kid in My Class‘ might be anyone of the thirty-four that poet Rachel Rooney singles out. She compares the new boy with the tomboy. She seeks out the friendship bench, where someone remembers. Rachel Rooney compares the drama queen with the tough kid. She watches the girl skipping to the playground song, while her heart beats to another, faraway drum.

Chris Riddell’s detailed exploratory portraits add pathos to Rachel Rooney’s wise, empathetic poetic portrait studies. Humour, inference and compassion are used in abundance. A variety of poetry devices and forms are included deftly and painstakingly.

‘A Kid in  My Class‘ is outstanding. I recommend this book to any teacher, pupil or long ago pupil. This is the story of a school community, and our community.


A Kid in My Class

Poems by Rachel Rooney

Illustrations by Chris Riddell

(Otter-Barry Books)- hardback

A Kid in My Class’ is a sensational collection of poems that identifies and describes a class of children. Singled out for glorious, poetic exploration are individual habits, appearances, predilections, interpretations and strengths.
A Kid in My Class‘ is the ‘Please Mrs Butler‘ of the 21st century. Bookwagon has already gifted our #BookBuddy schools with this essential title, and urges teachers, school children and parents to explore and indulge!


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