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Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022







96 pages

Pub Date

Jan 7, 2021



Age 7+

Stars With Flaming Tails


By Valerie Bloom
Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Poems to make you laugh, get you thinking and fill you with wonder - from one of the best-loved poets writing today.

I travelled once around the world

On stars with flaming tails,

And touched the colours of my dreams

Along some silver trails.

Look out for best friends, pancakes, and Grandad singing; discover a river dolphin, a poison dart frog and the most dangerous animal in the world; imagine a talking nose, meet the Zimbats of Zingley Dell and find the colour of your dreams.



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"Valerie Bloom is a poet whose work sings with irrepressible joy and humour."

Sian Williams - Children's Bookshow

"Best friends, making friends, pancakes, wild animals and much more in this first solo collection from Bloom in several years, paired with Wilson-Max for the first time."

Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

"No matter how you're feeling, you'll find something to suit your mood, or to lift you out of it perhaps. Ken Wilson-Max's black and white illustrations serve the poems well, providing an additional reason to smile wherever you open the book"

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Valerie Bloom


Born in Jamaica, Valerie Bloom is one of the most highly regarded poets writing today and is a popular performer in schools. She was awarded an MBE in the 2008 New Year Honours List. She lives in Kent, England.

Ken Wilson-Max

Author and Illustrator

Ken Wilson-Max was born in Zimbabwe. He came to the UK to study design and ended up working in children's publishing. His first book was published in 1993 and since then there have been many, including The Big Yellow Taxi, Little Red Plane, and the Lenny and Max series. As well as being a leading graphic designer, he is the publisher of Chicken! a newspaper which introduces current affairs to primary school children. He spends much time visiting schools and libraries, creating workshops and delivering exhibitions. He calls this "a great part of my job, the place where I learn the most". Ken Wilson Max lives in north London.


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