I Will Not Wear Pink nominated for Kate Greenaway 2017

October 20, 2016

I Will Not Wear Pink has been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017.

English Association review I Will Not Wear Pink

September 22, 2016

What a coup for this newly established publishing house - a new book from this winning and vastly experienced mother/daughter team. It bears all their hallmarks: exuberant, playful language, humour, endearing illustrations and it is a joy to read aloud

Margaret Pemberton reviews Seal Children & I Will Not Wear Pink

August 04, 2016

Margaret Pemberton use to run the Schools Library Service in Bristol and continues to recommend books to schools in the area. Read what she has to say about I Will Not Wear Pink and The Seal Children.

Parents in Touch review I Will Not Wear Pink

July 15, 2016

"Plunkett has been invited to a party by Priscilla - but he must wear pink. Never, he says. Riotous rhyming text sees Plunkett in all sorts of pink... and finally he discovers that there is one shade of pink that is just perfect. Happily, Priscilla agrees with Plunkett and the two pigs fly happily away... all in pink! Just be yourself, and all will be perfect, is the theme of this entertaining story."   

5 stars for Kangaroo Kisses & I Will Not Wear Pink

July 14, 2016

Read what Books for Keeps has to say about Kangaroo Kisses and I Will Not Wear Pink in these 5-star reviews.

Armadillo Magazine reviews I Will Not Wear Pink

July 14, 2016

"Whether you are five or fifty you are sure to enjoy reading this exhilarating and amusing story together."

Booktrust on I Will Not Wear Pink

July 07, 2016

Booktust reviews I Will Not Wear Pink  by Joyce and Polly Dunbar.

Dolphin Book Blog reviews Otter-Barry titles

June 16, 2016

Read what the Dolphin Book Blog has to say about Otter-Barry Books' Spring titles: The Seal Children, The Princess and the Castle, Immi, I Will Not Wear Pink, Zim Zam Zoom! and Kangaroo Kisses.

Booktrust's best books for June

May 31, 2016

Poetry title, Zim Zam Zoom! and Jackie Morris' The Seal Children selected for the Booktrust's Best Books for June. 

Read it Daddy reviews

May 04, 2016

"Checking out Otter Barry Books, we're in absolute awe of their first batch of titles" Read it Daddy reviews The Princess and the Castle, Zim Zam Zoom and The Seal Children

Red Reading Hub reviews I Will Not Wear Pink

May 04, 2016

"Altogether a bravura performance by mother and daughter. One gets the impression that both Joyce and Polly Dunbar had an equally terrific time creating this gloriously dotty, thoroughly upbeat celebration of being yourself."

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Overheard in a Tower Block
Overheard in a Towerblock
 

Overheard in a Tower Block

Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Kate Milner

Gazing at the stars from five storeys up,

smelling the bins from five storeys below.

Overheard arguments,

overheard laughter.

A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library….

Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s astonishing new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.

Overheard in a Tower Block
Overheard in a Tower Block
Overheard in a Tower Block

July 2017

£6.99 : PB

198 x 129mm

112 pages : Age 8+

You will find our books in all good bookshops.  If you want to buy online and cannot find our books on Amazon, we suggest you go instead to our favourite online retailers - Books etcThe Hive, or for US customers, Indiebound

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Words for Life interview with Joespeh Coelho

Overheard in a Tower Block in CLPE best books of 2017

"Winner of our CLiPPA award 2015, Joseph has surpassed himself with this breathtaking collection of poems for older children. With a deft touch, he lends his voice to a child growing up in a city tower block. Each poem gives pause, whether to linger over the language or for sharp intake of breath as the heartache washes over you like his Mermaid-Queen mother’s tears. Kate Milner’s black and white illustrations perfectly enhance the narrative that forms around the boy at the centre of this world. This collection will stay with you always."

Overheard in a Tower Block in Achuka best books of 2017

Selected by JAKE HOPE (and  this bodes well for the Carnegie)  Ambitious in theme, the everyday experiences of an urban childhood are made extraordinary here through astute observation and dexterity of word play – parental discord, peer pressure and the ever expanding sense of horizons and world-views extending outwards…  Each poem offers a childlike vantage point, but collated together there are profound comments about the nature of late childhood, its shift towards adulthood, responsibility and the continuing role it exerts in determining and defining our lives.
 

Overheard in a Tower Block among Patrice Lawrence's Top 5 Young Adult Reads of 2017

"Finally, something slightly different. Joseph Coelho’s Overheard In A Towerblock illustrated by Kate Milner.  I think publishers and bookshops are missing a trick with poetry. They seem to stock poetry collections for younger children and adult poetry from the historical to the contemporary.  Where is the poetry for young adults? Beyond the bookshops, there is a dynamic and diverse spoken word scene, young people articulating their lives and experiences  through rhythm, rhyme, lyricism. These are poems about childhood belonging, separated families and the stories we build when there are gaps we can’t know. My teenage daughter and I have read them together. ."

Carousel reviews Overheard in a Tower Block

"This is a wonderful collection of poems."

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