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Wicked Poems

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Roger McGough has delved into the depths of impiety, amassing verse by Shakespeare and Kipling, Nash and Eliot, as well as new works, some written especially for this anthology. Exuberantly illustrated by Neal Layton, "Wicked Poems" is devilish good fun for both kids and adults. Roger McGough is the author of more than 50 books, including "The Kingfisher Book of Funny Poem ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Bloomsbury UK
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This book collects poems from a wide variety of writers, some famous and some not-so-famous. It wasn't as funny as I was hoping judging by the blurbs on the cover, but it was still a very interesting collection and a worthwhile read. The poems run the gamut from mild mischief-making and make-believe to true evil, so it includes all different kinds of "wicked."

This review first appeared on my blog, Buckling Bookshelves.
A nice premise for a poetry anthology and Roger McGough pulls it off, providing a wide range of mostly but not entirely light hearted work with some deft sequencing. The illustrations by Neal Layton are superb and really enhance the collection.
Michael Young
I found this book to be useful for some poems but not a good reliable source for lots of different types of poems.
I've so far found this infallible for amusing young readers.
Will Harris
lots of good poems in the book
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