Goldilocks on CCTV

Goldilocks on CCTV

by John Agard, Satoshi Kitamura
     
 

There she was on the news,Miss Goody Two-Shoes,Caught on CCTV.

Don't look so shocked!Of course you know who -Who else but Goldilocks?

Here are 30 amazing poems which are rooted in the world of fairy tale and legend. Wickedly witty, deliciously subversive and utterly modern, the poems are also affectionate and

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There she was on the news,Miss Goody Two-Shoes,Caught on CCTV.

Don't look so shocked!Of course you know who -Who else but Goldilocks?

Here are 30 amazing poems which are rooted in the world of fairy tale and legend. Wickedly witty, deliciously subversive and utterly modern, the poems are also affectionate and big-hearted tributes to the original tales and characters that inspired them. This is a sizzling new collection from a master poet, portrayed with verce by Satoshi Kitamura's extraordinary black-and-white illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for The Young Inferno:
"Kitamura's black-and-white drawings take on a new freedom and ferocity . . . the line is more authoritative and emphatic than ever, excitingly varied in tone and texture, responding to every nuance of Agard's text." — The Guardian
Kirkus Reviews
From Puss in Boots' swaggering descendant "Puss-in-Trainers" to the titular break-and-enter artist caught on security cameras, Agard lays urban-inflected modern twists on 29 folkloric characters. Written in rhyme or free verse with hip-hop cadences, the poems are nearly all in first person and range in tone from funny or acid ("Bring on your shining armour, dude. / I'll be your damsel in distress with attitude"), to dark, even threatening. Many offer fresh approaches to the familiar, such as quick portraits of Cinderella in biker leathers and Iron Jack as an emotionally vulnerable Gulf War vet. An apple and a magic mirror provide unusual points of view about their assigned roles, as do "Two Ugly Sisters" who defiantly declare that they "won't be face-down in no make-up kit / We give the thumbs-up to hair in the armpit," but end with a sobering "Never mind the eye, we enchant the ear / From our ugly mouths come song, come prayer." The poems are printed in a variety of typefaces, and Kitamura's heavily inked black-and-white cartoons or silhouettes likewise change looks while adding appropriately dark, angular, energetic visual notes. Considerably more edgy satire than Happily Ever After here; a bracing take for teens. (Poetry. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847804990
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt


Pumpkin Biker Cinderella

Don't mean to be a pain, Fairy Godmother.
But if it isn't too much bother,
Instead of turning a pumpkin into a coach
I'll tell you what - a motorbike would be grand.
No disrespect of course to your magic wand.

I'll eat up the highway with a roar and a rev
On what was once common veg.
Think what that would do for my street cred.
I'm sure you'll manage some mega horsepower.
After all you are my fairy godmother.

I can just see those faces at the ball
When I make my entrance, crash helmet and all.
They'll wonder who's that churning hellraiser
Dressed to the nines in daredevil leather.
They'll never guess it's me, ash-girl Cinderella.

Don't trouble yourself with silver slippers.
No, I'll be happy with my biker's boots.
And by the stroke of the midnight hour
I promise I'll be back - and that's the truth -
With some stranded heart for my pinion rider.

Why are you smiling, Fairy Godmother?

Meet the Author

John Agard is an award-winning British poet. He is the author of many children's books, including The Young Inferno. He lives in Lewes, U.K.

Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and has written and illustrated 20 of his own books and illustrated many more. He also translates children's books into Japanese and divides his time between London and Japan.

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