About Andrew Fusek Peters Children's Poems

Andrew Fusek Peters (b. 1965), the tallest poet in the UK, has written more than 45 books for children, two of them nominated for the Carnegie Medal. His anthology Sheep Don't Go To School has been chosen to be on the National Curriculum, and his choice of the best of his poems, Mad, Bad and Dangerously Haddock, is published by Lion in 2006. He has visited hundreds of schools over the past twenty years, often with his didgeridoo, and always with what the Radio Times called "wonderful poems!"

His reading starts close to home, with poems about family and pets, and moves out into the world, to nature, to school, and as far as the stars in 'Tide and Seek' that "play / Hide and seek with the Milky Way." Some are silly - there's the nonsensical 'Poem for the Verbally Confused' or the mischievous misunderstandings of 'Hey Diddle Diddle' - and some are very serious, like 'The River of Tears', written for the poet's dead brother. There are love poems, like 'The Passionate Pupil Declaring Love', and, although 'Love Poem to Kevin (He'd Better Get the Message)' sounds like another love poem, the message in the title is actually that "I'd rather snog a Yeti!".

Peters is a poet who likes to use rhyme and bouncy rhythms, so that a poem like 'Dad', with its riddling descriptions of a father, comes as close to a song as a poem can without becoming one. Others have less insistent forms, including a touching memory of his grandmother in free verse ('Morning') and a description of a rainstorm as if given by a racing commentator ('Use Your Rains'). He ends the reading with a tour-de-force performance of 'Rush Hour Rhythm', giving the poem the same crush that a rush hour has by managing to hurtle along without seeming to need to breathe as the words try to crush themselves into the poem.

Peters is a practised performer, having been a presenter of the BBC1 poetry series Wham Bam Strawberry Jam, and knows how to fit the best performance to each poem - so much so that the poem 'Mum', a companion piece to 'Dad', is read by his wife and frequent co-author, Polly Peters. When he visited the Edinburgh Festival, the Scotsman wrote that "with easy, non-patronising rapport, [he] entranced children… Pure entertainment!" It's easy, listening to this CD, to feel the same enchantment.

His recording was made on 10 January 2006 at the Audio Workshop, London, and was produced by Richard Carrington.

Interviews and other readings

Andrew Fusek Peters interview

Hi I'm Andrew Fusek Peters and I'm a poet. I live in Shropshire,...

Selected bibliography

Ravenwood, Chicken House, 2011

Leaves are Like Traffic Lights, Salt, 2011

Water (The Elements in Poetry, Evans Brothers Ltd, 2009

Switching on the Moon, Walker, 2010

Here's a Little Poem, Walker, 2010

Prizes

2005 Carnegie Medal nomination Crash

Prize website

Recordings

Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems

Andrew Fusek Peters Downloads

1Poem for the Verbally Confused

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2Late for a Date

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3Mum

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4Dad

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5Hey Diddle Diddle

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6In Training

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7Fairynuff?

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8Junk Uncle

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9Thank You (it's what I've always wanted)

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10Morning

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11Grandad

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12At the Top of the Stairs

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13My Cat

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14Snoring

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15The River of Tears

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16My Brother the Tree

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17E-Pet-Aph

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18My Cat Sooty

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19It's Treason

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20The Teflon Terror

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21Water-Cycle

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22The Candle

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23Hadrian's Wall

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24The Pool

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25Mad, Bad and Dangerously Haddock

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26California Skateboard Park, 1977

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27Use Your Rains

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28The Gold-leaf Gangster

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29The Leaf's Lament

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30Wonder

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31Fire at Night

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32The Mysterious Employment of God

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33Why Santa has a Flush on his Face

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34Another Sensational Day

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35My New School

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36Love Poem to Kevin (He'd Better Get The Message)

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37I Need an Operation on my Pupils!

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38Rap up my Lunch!

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39The Passionate Pupil Declaring Love

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40Playground Chant

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41Poolside Warriors

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42Mis-Adventure

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43Only We

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44The Rubbishman

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45Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing

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46The Letter

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47Day in the Life of Me!

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48Tide & Seek

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49The Moon is on the Microphone

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50A Poem that Lost its Briefs

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51Five Little Senses All In A Row

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52Attack of the Mutant Mangos: A Fruit Salad Ballad of Baddies

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53Dambusters

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54A Heavenly Spring Clean

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55The No-No Bird

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56Rush Hour Rhythm

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Books by Andrew Fusek Peters Children's Poems