Chicken on the Roof


From haiku to rhyming couplets, dancing on the ceiling to daydreaming, weird contemplations about history to lyrical delights on the world. ‘Chicken on the Roof‘ is a delirious poetry book.

Matt Goodfellow doesn’t put a word wrong. After reading each poem, I felt like I wanted to revisit and linger. I could imagine reading this aloud, showing the poems, sharing and wondering. I have favourites; I love the respect according to the environment in poems like, ‘Storm Clouds’ and ‘Before‘, while wanting to recite, ‘From the Land to the Sea‘ with its rich emotion. I can imagine children picking up the rhythm and rhyme included in ‘Cousins‘ and quickly repeating ‘Tommy’s Tummy‘ or ‘Little Boat‘. Magically, Hannah Asen’s illustrations match the mood and theme of each poem.

Chicken on the Roof‘ is a poetry book that would be enjoyed by readers aged from 7 or 8 years old, but equally, would be loved and respected by its adult readers. This is a wonderful title, one we are proud to share and sell.

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Chicken on the Roof

Poems by Matt Goodfellow, illustrations by Hannah Asen

(Otter-Barry Books)

Matt Goodfellow has created a wonderful variety of poems, using a huge range of styles. His wordplay is precise and fascinating. The themes in ‘Chicken on the Roof‘ are various; we run through loss, delight, exuberance, nonsense and sadness. This is a confident, capable collection. We recommend ‘Chicken on the Roof‘ to families and schools, for readers from 7 or 8 years of age, and older.


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