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Jan 18 2017

The awesome book of rap, rhyme and putrid poetry by Andy Jones

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Ill. by Jules Faber. ABC Books, 2016. ISBN 9780733335662
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Entertainer and author Andy Jones understands exactly the kind of things that children love to read and gross body humour rates highly. Burps, pus, dancing in your underpants, vomit and so much more are included here in rhyming format. Jones has rewritten nursery rhymes in rap style, presented a range of poetic pests and included epic poems about singing belly buttons and Ziggy Snotball Smell Detective.
In Andy's 'Limerick Tricks', there is the unicorn named Kevin and an unfortunate incident with Devon meat, the Pus Bus and the troubles of the pimply dimpled boy. In 'Punk Porkers A Pigtacular Tale' Jones transforms the familiar story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Here the porkers are reinvented as a punk rock band, hamsome Brad is the leader, Priscilla P from the Pigsy Chix and Hogzilla plays the guitar.
'The moral of the story goes,
Dreams sometimes do come true,
And big bad wolves rarely get the better,
Of the likes of me and you.'
How to create different forms of poetry is discussed at the end of The awesome book of rap, rhyme and putrid poetry. Different rap styles, freestyle, lyrical and rapid fire as well as how to write an irregular ode and epic poetry. In the 'Pooetry' Toolbox, essential language terms are explained in easy to understand terms, including alliteration and metaphor. Middle Primary classes will enjoy Jones' special brand of humour and are encouraged to create their own poems utilising tips from the toolbox.
Rhyllis Bignell

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