Riding a Lion


Coral Rumble is Riding the Lion! This title poem is included within a section of poetry that considers traditional tales, wonder and fantasy. Within it, we discover ‘Once Upon a Awful Time‘, a mashup of trials faced by traditional characters. Thereafter, we pose and answer the question of the box in,  ‘One Shoe Tall, Three Shoes Wide‘ and sympathise with a wearied dragon.

Further themed collections include animals, where we meet a disconsolate Clapham clownfish and a dusty yak in the attic. Thereafter, we travel to contemplate nature and the shape of our days, from ‘Sunrise’ to a sonnet featuring Blackpool’s North Pier.

The variety of poetry forms is staggering, yet they are each so accessible, natural and enjoyable. I love the number of riddles and Q &A poems included. Furthermore, for the poet to move between a work like ‘School Coach Trip‘, with its identifiable petty subject matter, to something as touching as ‘Looking for Riley’, is extremely skilful. Bookwagon loves Riding a Lion. We recommend it should be shared at home and enjoyed at school, too.

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Riding a Lion

Poems by Coral Rumble

with illustrations by Emily Ford

(Troika Books)

Riding a Lion is a showcase of the dexterity and imagination of poet Coral Rumble. While we open with a fairytale theme that incorporates dreams of lions and a cacophony of traditional tales, she extends her themes into subjects such as family, school and animals. Within each group are changes of mood, tone and a vast range of devices. Furthermore there are poems that make us feel as though we need to curl up in self comfort, to others that demand us to share and recite aloud.
There are Tessa led tongue twisters, followed by tanka and limericks. The last feature epitaphs to a suffering shopping widower and keen cinema goer. Yet the empathy within the works is profound, such as when Coral Rumble compares a welcome return to school to ‘What Love Looks Like’.
Thereafter, there is such awareness of our natural world, almost a super awareness in the case of the nervous star. We join the poet who seeks comfort with the aged oak tree and feel the turmoil of a ‘A Sleepless Night’.
Riding a Lion is a proud, varied, super collection of poetry that Bookwagon recommends highly for reading at home and sharing in school.


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