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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PB: October 2017 £6.99

198 x 129mm 96 pages

Age 10+


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.

Rising Stars

New Young Voices in Poetry

Victoria Adukwei Bulley : Ruth Awolola : Abigail Cook : Jay Hulme : Amina Jama

Illustrated by final-year students on the Illustration course at Birmingham City University

Otter-Barry Books and Pop Up Projects are proud to present an exciting collaboration sponsored by Arts Council England's Grant for the Arts programme - a poetry anthology showcasing the work of five debut poets from diverse backgrounds, all aged 25 and under. 

Each poet presents eight poems for 10-14 year olds, with a wide range of themes and moods. 

Black and white illustrations are by final year students from Birmingham City University's illustration course.  Joelle Taylor, founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, is acting as a consultant to Rising Stars.  


Rising Stars on the radio

Interviews with all the book's poets on Down The Rabbit Hole. First broadcast 23 January 2018.

IBBY Link review Rising Stars

This book is an enjoyable collection of varied ideas and I hope it encourages other beginning poets. Poetry is not easy to illustrate, yet these young artist are to be commended in their work with these young poets

Playing by the book on Rising Stars

"Showcasing 5 emerging poets (with a more diverse range of backgrounds than I’ve seen in a poetry anthology before) this collection takes risks and excitingly pulls it off with real zing. There’s freshness and depth, beauty and oases of calm alongside a constant edge of vitality; perhaps some of this comes from the fact that all these poets are part of the UK’s spoken word community, a place where poems are born onto a breath of air with an audience very much alive and present, rather than as poems on pages for a much more private experience…
A sharp, crisp 21st century anthology that breaks down barriers about what poetry can be and poets can do, this is a collection to have in your back pocket."

Rising Stars in Achuka's best of 2017

Selected by Joelle Taylor  "A vital and pioneering poetry anthology by diverse young writers for diverse readers, aimed at the bridge year between primary and secondary school. … Soulful, inspiring and uplifting."

Booktrust on Rising Stars

"This selection of exciting and inspiring poems from young talent is guaranteed to get young minds working, and hopefully writing poetry of their own. There is lots to love, here: each page packed with interest and questions. Creative forms include haiku, prose poems and verses of all shapes and sizes… The best thing about the collection is its accessibility. As with all great writing for young people, it is clear and welcoming in its simplicity. Although the poems deal with complex issues and ideas, they are presented in ways that anyone can interact with and should inspire conversation."

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The poets, with Joelle  Taylor holding the book

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