Zaro Weil illustrated by Jo Riddell
ZaZa Kids Books
I was sent a taster of this wonderful book last year and since then have eagerly anticipated the finished collection so I was thrilled when it finally arrived. It was certainly worth the wait.
It absolutely fizzes and zizzes with over ninety different delights – poems short (some such as Cherry blossoms less than a dozen words
Cherry blossoms / are quiet / unlike frogs /leaping to every / raindrop
and long – Dinosaur site for instance, and haiku.
I love this Nightingale’s haiku in particular:
Hidden / I woo the night / note by note till / galaxies twirl / stars applaud
There is also a sprinkling of short plays and fairy tales.
There’s child appeal in spades from the words alone but Jo Riddell’s splendid black and white illustrations add to the enjoyment; they’re thoughtful and are perfectly in balance with the writing.
I strongly believe that poetry should be part of every child’s daily experience: teachers there is something for all moods and tastes herein and once you start reading this book with a group of children they’ll keep on demanding ‘just one more’.
Equally it’s perfect for the family bookshelf, to set imaginations soaring during the day or to send a child off into dreamworlds of ‘sun-dotted butterflies’, ‘fruit trees in pastel puffs’ and Shivering crickets.