by Tony Mitton (Frances Lincoln)
Come Into This Poem is Tony Mitton’s latest offering; Plum is a re-release of an old favourite. Both books feature Mitton’s hallmark – the occasional comment from the poet which I very much like and I think children do, too. Often poems justifiably mention things that children won’t have experienced – Mitton makes sure they know what they’re reading about, which adds to the enjoyment; particularly because they often answer a child’s favourite question: Where do you get your ideas from? Mitton is a talented, versatile and accomplished poet with the ability to engage children with his imaginative writing. In Plum, many of the poems read like adventure stories, they all say something interesting and they all illustrate a wonderful use of language.