Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 14 Sep 2023
ISBN: 9781839942013
Size: 275 x 247 mm
Length: 352 pages
Picture Books

A Whale of a Time


A brilliantly illustrated collection of 366 hilarious poems to keep you laughing all year round!

The Times Children’s Book of the Year 2023

Featured in New York Times Holiday Books for Children

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2023

A wonderful gift for all ages, this beautifully produced anthology is rib-ticklingly funny to wryly witty, each poem in this uplifting collection is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Whether it’s a poem about socks or spaniels, eggs or elephants, this bright and brilliant collection will bring you cheer and laughter every day. Perfect for reading aloud, sharing even more side-splitting hilarity with family and friends.

The spectacular range of poems for children includes work by John Agard, Maya Angelou, Hilaire Belloc, Brian Bilston, Lucille Clifton, Wendy Cope, Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, Ogden Nash, Grace Nichols, Jack Prelutsky, Michael Rosen, Christina Rossetti, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more.

“Laughter is definitely the top priority here in this bright, lively and uplifting poetry anthology for children” – Lucy Bannerman, The Times

“The visual production is outstanding… with bold, playful mixed-media illustrations that match the lighthearted loopiness.”New York Times

“There are a myriad of ways to enjoy this collection… This makes the perfect gift… a whale of a time is guaranteed” – Gemma McLaughlin, The National

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“Laughter is definitely the top priority here in this bright, lively and uplifting poetry anthology for children”

the Times

“The wide array of different styles, jokes and stories told will show any young reader that poems may be more exciting than expected”

the National

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