This is a little gem of a poetry book, perfect for any household and school. Joshua Seigel is definitely my new favourite poet. I have some ‘go to’ books in a poetry collection built up right from when I started teaching so to make it in to here you have to span the poetry gambit of the whole primary age. Little Lemur Laughing certainly does this.
The poems are a great mixture with many animal poems, especially of course involving lemurs. The first one what is a poem? is really beautiful and would be a wonderful stimulus for writing with a class, there is no end to where you could go with that one. However the others are a jam-packed variety of shape poems, verse poems, rhyming, not rhyming which would be great to inspire and are fabulous for reading out loud. The play with words continues throughout. The way some of the poems are connected is really clever, for example Fruit Bat and Bat’s Fruit. I’ve already tested them out with KS2 and they loved them. Fruit Bat especially appealed. Poems likes these give everybody that extra encouragement to perhaps keep to simply playing with words and enjoy language.
Just a riotous romp of poetry with funny drawings to appeal to independent readers. Definitely one for any collection.