"These lovely animal and plant poems really trip off the tongue and they are a sheer delight to read aloud. An excellent collection." 

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As featured on BBC Countryfile
I Will Not Wear Pink

Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch’s thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt.


From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names – which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION.


This is nature close up, exciting – and WILD.

You will find and be able to order our books in all good bookshops.  If you want to buy online our preferred online retailer in the UK is www.hive.co.uk or for US customers, Indiebound.

Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

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PB : £6.99

198 x 129mm  96 pages

 Age 7+


Bookwagon review of Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

"A magnificent and much recommended collection." 

North Somerset Teachers Award long list review of Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

"Arranged alphabetically, 'Adder, Bluebell, Lobster' is a brilliant collection of poems about the natural world. The book offers a variety of poetic forms and styles- some playful, some more serious." 

Otter-Barry Poetry recommended in INIS Best Books of 2016 Reading Guide

Dinosaurs & Dinner-ladiesAdder, Bluebell, Lobster  and Zim Zam Zoom! have all been recommended in the INIS Best Books of 2016 Reading Guide.


Adder, Bluebell, Lobster: 'playful, energetic and always tongue-in cheek , this offers the perfect introduction to poetry …. Chrissie Gittins lets her words and ideas dance from the page – she even allows parsnips to twinkle!'

Zim Zam Zoom!  Zappy Poems to Read Out Loud: 'The excellent full-page illustrations are just as zappy as the poems.'

Books for Keeps review Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

"Poetic without being portentous or pretentious." 

IBBY reviews Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

What a wonderful, imaginative collection!

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