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Let’s Chase Stars Together

A standout new collection of contemporary poems from prize-winning poet Matt Goodfellow, author of Bright Bursts of Colour .

Ideal for children aged 10+

Perfectly reflecting the thoughts, feelings and imaginings of young people, these beautifully crafted poems are poignant, playful, heartfelt and hopeful.

From friendship, family and separation to school experiences and fitting in, this moving collection touches on the relatable aspects of growing up. It delicately balances emotion with light relief and humour, and is sure to captivate any young person aged 10 and above.

Our Review Panel says...

The strapline under the title of Matt Goodfellow’s collection of poetry really sets the tone for this beautifully considered collection. It states ‘Poems to Lose Yourself In’ and it is clear that each poem is designed carefully to let the reader settle back and immerse themselves in the overwhelming power and comfort, ebbs and flows, calm and chaos of verse.

The collection would offer value to primary classrooms in a multitude of ways. There are poems which are just so pertinent and thought-provoking that it would be a shame not to have them linger with a class, possibly at the start or end of a challenging day (a personal favourite is ‘I am Here’). For KS2 classes, there is the range of genres to enable class teachers to inspire poetry of all types and so can be used as the stimulus for whole class writing. As a PSHE resource, Matt Goodfellow has considered some huge issues, such as the transition to high school (Transition), Domestic Violence (Jake) and the death of a beloved pet (Dig Sid, Dig) and some which may overwhelm the reader more than the listener- I dare you not to be moved by ‘Adequate Life’.

This is a wonderful anthology and, for a mature Upper KS2 group, a perfect addition to a class bookshelf or teacher resource collection.

Reviewer: Claire C

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