Unable to find good funny poems to read aloud to his grandchildren – other than the seventy year old A.A. Milne classics – British playwright Robin Hawdon sat down to write some himself. The result is this collection of thirty hilarious and touching poems, beautifully illustrated by Wendy Hoile, which recount the exploits of young Charley Poon – every parent’s nightmare – and his eccentric menagerie of nursery animals. The poems cover everything from youthful games and exploits, to the problems of growing up, to the ups and downs of school and family life, and the joys of country and seaside holidays. Parents and grandparents will be delighted to have something new and entertaining with which to occupy those tricky lights-out bedtime moments.
Many thanks to Robin Howden, Clink Street Publishing and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC of Charley Poon’s Pomes in return for an honest review.
This is a delightful, charming and funny set of poems that will delight parents and children alike.
I found myself smiling as I read each one and I knew this is a collection of poems I would love to read to the little people in my life. They capture the innocence of childhood, its sense of adventure and wonder of the world around it. From poems about Charlie’s toys, his pet mouse, the joy of being next to the sea and the mystery of a parent’s obsession with exercise, Robin Howden gives us a delightful collection of poems that children will delight in being read to them or reading them alone.
They read beautifully and the language flows smoothly when being read aloud, which is important if they are to engage a child’s attention and hold their attention.
The illustrations also deserve a special mention. They capture the essence of the poems with a sense of warmth and love for the poem’s themselves. They bring them to life, are colourful and utterly delightful. Any child is going to love the sense of adventure they convey.
Why not buy them and read them to your children and grandchildren?
Charley Poon’s Pomes can be purchased from Amazon.
Dividing his time between Bath, Australia and the South of France, actor, playwright and grandfather Robin Hawdon has enjoyed a successful forty year career in the entertainment industry. During the early years he was a regular face on British TV — appearing in many series and co-starring with Michael Crawford in ITV’s ‘Chalk and Cheese’ and starring in a number of films. He has trod the boards as Hamlet, Henry V and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion and in leading roles in London’s West End. Later his love of writing dominated his career and he is now recognised as one of the UK’s most prolific comedy playwrights —with productions including The Mating Game which has played in over thirty countries and Don’t Dress For Dinner which ran in the West End for six years before playing on Broadway and around the English speaking world. Many of his plays are published by Samuel French and Josef Weinberger. Robin has also directed a number of stage productions, and in the 1980’s founded the Bath Fringe festival, and subsequently became Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, England’s premier touring theatre. He has written several novels including A Rustle in the Grass, published by Hutchinsons in 1984 and republished recently by Thistle. A second novel, The Journey was published in 2002 by Hawthorns and a third, Survival of the Fittest, by SBPR in 2013. His first foray into children’s literature,
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