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Celebrating National Poetry Day: Our Best Loved Poems

Celebrating National Poetry Day: Our Best Loved Poems

In honour of the UK’s National Poetry Day, October 3rd, we have asked our reviewers to choose their favourite poems.








Rachel’s Favourite Children’s Poem:

A ‘Best Loved Poems’ list wouldn’t be complete without the poem that inspired Book Walrus – Lewis Carroll’s ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’.

Our favourite lines –

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”



Jodie, Amber, Ruby and Hugo’s Favourite Children’s Poem:

Our junior walruses were united in their love of Roald Dahl’s collection of ‘Revolting Rhymes’. The universal favourite was ‘Red Riding Riding Hood’ – probably the result of the classic line – ‘she whipped a pistol from her knickers’



Dylan’s Favourite Children’s Poem:

Dylan is a Spike Milligan fan and has chosen his ‘Ning Nang Nong’ as his favourite poem:



Daniel’s Favourite Children’s Poem:

Daniel went for Marriott Edgar’s  ‘Albert and the Lion’, about the Ramsbottom family’s trip to Blackpool Zoo. His favourite lines are:

Then Mother said, “Right’s right, young feller
I think it’s a shame and a sin
For a lion to go and eat Albert

And after we’ve paid to come in!”

The manager wanted no trouble

He took out his purse right away

And said, “How much to settle the matter?”

And Pa said “What do you usually pay?”



Omar’s Favourite (Children’s) Poem:

Omar chose Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’ because it is the only poem that has ever scared him. Performed by Homer Simpson:



Karl’s Favourite Children’s Poem:

Karl chose ‘I Sit Beside the Fire and Think…’ by JRR Tolkein. It’s written as a walking song for Bilbo Baggins as he prepares to leave Middle Earth for ever.

Who better to perform it than … um … a hobbit?



Debbie’s Favourite Children’s Poem:

Debbie nominated ‘Chocolate Cake’ by Michael Rosen. And what better way to experience it than by listening to that marvellous man himself:







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