The Language of Cat
And other poems
By Rachel Rooney
Illustrated by Ellie Jenkins
Reissue of the prizewinning first collection from an author now firmly established as a leading children's poet
Teach me the language of Cat:
the slow-motion blink, that crystal stare,
a tight-lipped purr and a wide-mouthed hiss.
Let me walk with a saunter, nose in the air
Full of wordplay and riddles, with poems that will make you laugh, tell you stories and make you think. Rachel Rooney's prize-winning debut poetry collection, first published in 2011, is now reissued by Otter-Barry books by popular demand, for a new generation of children.
Jul 7, 2021
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CLPE Poetry Prize Winner 2012
Poetry Book Society Children's Choice 2011
"A box of delights"
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate 2009-19
Rachel Rooney worked as a teacher of special needs children while also bringing up her three sons. She is much in demand for school workshops, and for performances of her work at festivals. Her first poetry collection, The Language of Cat, was published in 2011 and won the CLPE prize, followed by My Life as a Goldfish in 2014. A Kid in My Class was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Children's Poetry Prize in 2019. Rachel lives in Brighton.