I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and friends (Bloomsbury)
Sorry, but I didn’t actually laugh. I smiled at several of the poems in this amusing collection, but there was a little too much wee-poo-bum-fart humour for me. While I know younger readers find poo funny, I feel it’s cheating a bit to give them too much of it, if you see what I mean. They really can learn to appreciate humour at a higher level than pants and I think it’s up to poets to show them how. The argument that poo jokes grab reluctant poetry readers is undoubtedly true, but it needs to be toned down. Of course, many of the poems in this collection are really funny and fun and completely poo-less. Illustrated by Tim Wesson.