Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble
Chosen by Paul Cookson, illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon
Benjamin Zephaniah seeks ‘de magic poem/ It’s in de mind/ It’s in de skies… His is one chosen by Paul Cookson for Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble, a selection of magical poems.
There are humorous poems about ‘self-cleaning socks for long-distance runners’ or the perils of ‘asking a wizard to make [me] a sandwich’. Thereafter there is traditional poetry, such as Shakespeare’s Song of the Witches from Macbeth. I love discovering newer verse, and Paul Cookson has included many poems from poets unknown to me, like Jo Mularczyk, whose ‘The Cool Dragon‘ offers the story of Blaze, whose secret caused her shame.
There is such variety within the theme of magic, and Paul Cookson has researched zealously to share this variety. There are spells, such as James Carter’s ‘How to Turn Your Teacher Purple‘, to potions, like B.J. Lee’s ‘Witch’s Wishlist’ or Liz Brownlee’s ‘Magic Love Potion‘- ‘lip kiss prints peeled off of the edge of a glass‘.
Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble is a splendid selection to dip into, read and recite, share and enjoy. Bookwagon loves and recommends Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble highly.