Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Once Upon A Poem” as Want to Read:
Once Upon A Poem
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Once Upon A Poem

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A beautifully illustrated anthology of classic and contemporary narrative poems--each introduced by bestselling author Kevin Crossley-Holland. A perfect introduction to the magical world of poetry.

This stunning, fully-illustrated collection offers a dazzling array of narrative poems----each of which tells an unforgettable tale. Readers will find poems to suit every taste--
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Chicken House (first published September 6th 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Once Upon A Poem, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Once Upon A Poem

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A well-chosen collection of narrative poems, though not all are favorites of mine. I've never cared for Hilaire Belloc's poems, and I didn't like "Brave Boy Rap". However the rest were wonderful, especially the eerie "The Highwayman," "Paul Revere's Ride" (stirring if not historically accurate), "The Man from Snowy River" (love the descriptions), and the gruesome "The Cremation of Sam McGee." I didn't care for Chris McEwan's illustrations, but the others were very nice. I particularly liked ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Abby rated it really liked it
This is a good collection of poems that included some of my personal favorites (like "The Highwayman"by Alfred Noyes, and "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear)
There were four illustrators who worked on this project, each with a very different style, so every reader should find illustrations that fit their own tastes. My favorite of the illustrators is Carol Lawson, because of the precise attention to detail, rich colors, and fanciful design.
Mar 05, 2014 Cameron added it
Shelves: figuers-k-5
Kevin Crossley-Holland brings together fifteen poems from different famous poets and authors to create a fun and engaging anthology. All the poems are similar in that they are based on fairy tales, legends and myths, all from different origins. He includes well-known poems such as "The Night Before Christmas" alongside lesser-known but equally entertaining poems like "The Brave Boy Rap". Famous poets featured are: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and Roald Dahl. What I ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Doug rated it really liked it
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll

Summary: This poem is a wonderfully imaginative piece of work. The poem is about a boy who does not heed the advice of his father about the creature known as the Jabberwock. The young boy decides to kill it and returns with the beasts head, much to his father’s excitement.

Age Range: Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Artistic Elements: The poem is filled with nonsense words, and the reader must use his imagination to decide what the words may mean. The poem has lot
Sarah Snow
Mar 22, 2015 Sarah Snow rated it really liked it
I loved this book of poems. There were many classics in this book as well as new poems that I've never heard of before. Some of funny and some are serious; there is a great variety. I would preview all of them before handing this book to a young child. Some of the poems include murder, suicide, and other heavy content. Another poem contains a monster that eats children as well as a lion that eats a child at the zoo. In my classroom, I would probably keep this book out of the classroom library ...more
Book Concierge
This delightful collection introduces readers to fifteen poems that each tells a story. From Clement C Moore’s A Visit From St. Nicholas (a/k/a ’Twas the Night Before Christmas) to a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Roald Dahl the reader will find a wide variety of subjects. I found a few old favorites
Listen my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere …

And more that I’d never read before (Merlin and the Snake’s Egg for example).

Each story poem is introduced
Deb Jones
Feb 18, 2014 Deb Jones rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Poem is a beautiful collection of poems that tell stories. The illustrations are a joint effort by Peter Bailey, Sian Bailey, Carol Lawson and Chris McEwan. They are detailed, vibrant and add to each poem that is depicted. Although there are only 15 poems within the book, they are poems that have remained favorites over the years. A wide variety of poems are included from “Jabberwocky,” to “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” which was one of my favorites as a child. The book includes a ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful book of poems that tell a story. Each poem in this collection is nominated by another author and the background for both are included at the end of the book. The poems are fun to read aloud and the illustrations are terrific, too. We discovered that The Owl And The Pussycat by Edward Lear has a sequel to it concerning their children and we thought it was very funny.

We revisited several poems through this book and discovered a few new ones, too. Overall, we thought the poems
Valerie Lurquin
Jun 15, 2015 Valerie Lurquin rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book is great for students in grades 3 and up to use for pleasure reading or during a poetry study. This is a collection of 15 poems each of which is beautifully illustrated/ The poems range from magical fables to heroic tales to tongue twisters. Some of the poems included are "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod", "A Visit From St. Nicholas", and a nontraditional retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by Roald Dahl. The illustrations vary from ink drawings to watercolor! All students would ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Frances rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
This is a fun and engaging anthology of poems. I loved its fairy tale based poems, poems that were legends, and myths. The poems are in story form and can be pages long. Because of the content of the poems, it can be for young and older readers. I love the illustrations for each poem, it adds greatly to the poem, especially with the silly poems. Because of the content of some of the poems, teachers and parents should review the poems before reading aloud. I think older children will love these ...more
Maria Garcia
Jun 03, 2015 Maria Garcia rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I have a hard time reading poems but Kevin Crossley-Holland brings together fifteen poems from different famous poets and authors to create a fun and engaging anthology. All the poems are similar in that they are based on fairy tales, legends and myths. This is great for all ages. Great way to bring many stories together in one.
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 01, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it
This is a great collection with beautiful illustrations. Would be a great addition to a family's collection and a nice introduction to poetry for children. The short commentaries before each poem by contemporary writers, like J.K. Rowling are also a nice addition.
Apr 12, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Genre: Poetry, anthology, young reader
I enjoyed this anthology. I think the illustrations are the best part of this book. They are beautifully done and express the poems so well. There is a variety of poems and I think a young reader will enjoy reading them.
Sally Trinh
A bunch of poems in this book. I got to say that this is my favorite poem book. My favorite one is the owl and the pussycat.
Nov 18, 2011 Jeri rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-poetry
Outstanding poetry....The kids sat spell-bound listening to these long poems/stories (i.e. The Ride of Paul Revere and Jabberwocky). I would highly recommend this book.
Madeleine Anna Cynthia
Madeleine Anna Cynthia rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2008
Lawlady84 rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2015
Nov 15, 2016 Channel added it
Shelves: poetry
Once Upon a Poem is picture book full of diversity. Great for classrooms and libraries.
Mar 26, 2014 Lorena rated it it was amazing
Excellent selection! The kids begged for me to read a new poem each night.
Can rated it really liked it
Sep 01, 2013
Christine rated it liked it
Dec 02, 2014
Miranda Saenger
Miranda Saenger rated it did not like it
Dec 16, 2014
Luisa rated it it was ok
Apr 16, 2012
Tara rated it liked it
Jun 26, 2016
Jane rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2012
Pelican G.
Pelican G. rated it it was amazing
Aug 24, 2015
Cathy Francis
Cathy Francis rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2016
Meredith rated it really liked it
Jun 28, 2012
Teasha Seitz
Teasha Seitz rated it it was amazing
Feb 23, 2012
Carrie rated it liked it
Jan 20, 2011
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books include Waterslain Angels, a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955, and Moored Man: A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale, a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March), which combines historical fiction with the re ...more
More about Kevin Crossley-Holland...

Share This Book