Dance with a lobster, telephone an elephant, or knock on a moonlit door - this collection includes magical, macabre, dramatic, funny, bizarre, absurd, delightful, moving, and charming poems by Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, Kenneth Grahame, and many others. Readers such as Anton Lesser, Simon Russell-Beale, and Timothy West bring the lines beautifully to life and make this an ideal introduction to some of the best-loved children's poetry.
The complete list of narrators includes Katinka Wolf, Anton Lesser, Roy McMillan, Richard Wilson, David Timson, Anne Harvey, Simon Russell-Beale, Rachel Bavidge and Timothy West .
Children of all ages will enjoy the wide range of poems, authors, and narrators in this spirited collection. There are many works by Edward Lear, including one about himself, which is somewhat negative but quite funny. Accents vary, even Cockney appears occasionally, as in "Framed in a First Story Window." The firemen yell, "Jump into this net what we are holding." "The Pied Piper of Hamlin" is an ideal conclusion, with the performer's vigorous voice. Music is used occasionally, with a rousing march at the close.
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A treasure in poetry
- Terrance Hanna