Werewolf Club Rules


Joseph Coelho’s poetry debut is a startling collection. From poems that reminisce about beloved family members (‘Dada’s Stories’, ‘Cards Dealt’) to poems that explain the mechanics of the English language (M.O.R.E.R.A.P.S) to word play (‘Aardvark’) or descriptive poetry (‘Skateboarding’) Joseph Coelho doesn’t lose a beat.

I started to mark out favourite poems in my copy of ‘Werewolf Club Rules‘ and ran out of markers. This is a poetry book to be enjoyed, read alone and shared. Bookwagon recommends it to readers aged from 8 or 9 years old.

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Werewolf Club Rules

Poems by Joseph Coelho

(Frances Lincoln)

CLiPPA 2015 winner

Werewolf Club Rules is Joseph Coelho’s superb, award-winning poetry collection debut. It includes a wealth of poetry forms and subjects, from descriptive, mechanical, rhyming to narrative verse. What’s more, Joseph Coelho shows a unique ability to draw his readers into a magical world of his creation. Thereafter, he plays with us through his command of forms, while tugging at our empathetic memories in his narrative titles. There are beats and tugs, commands and stories. We are entirely in this poet’s world, yet he speaks for and with us. Subsequent titles from Joseph Coelho, including The Girl Who Became a Tree, which is for older readers and then skirts through Greek myths to tell the story, demonstrate his continuing curiosity and range.
Bookwagon recommends ‘Werewolf Club Rules‘ to readers of all ages, at home and school.


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