"The sort of poetry book that kids can't resist … a true treat."

Read it Daddy

Zim Zam Zoom!

Zim Zam Zoom!

James Carter

Illustrated by Nicola Colton

Want to travel in a rocket?

Search for a grumpy dragon?

Make your very own monster?

Visit a higgledy-piggledy farm?

Well, hop into Zim Zam Zoom –

for fun and adventures galore!


Here is a collection of poems especially for reading out loud or performing. With delightful illustrations by a talented new illustrator, this is a brilliant introduction to poetry for young children.

Zim Zam Zoom!
Zim Zam Zoom!
Zim Zam Zoom!
Zim Zam Zoom!

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PB: June 2018  £6.99

275 x 240mm  32 pages

Age 4+


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.

Fiona Noble picks Zim Zam Zoom! for June previews

Now in paperback a poetry collection especially written for performance .Shortlisted for the CLIPPA 

Zim Zam Zoom! selected for UKLA Book Awards

Poetry title, Zim Zam Zoom! has been long-listed for the United Kingdom Literacy Association Book Award 2017. The shortlist is announced in March 2017.

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.'

Carousel review of Zim Zam Zoom!

This catchy title captures the spirit of this collection of sixteen poems which are to be read ALOUD by children to children!

IBBY Link reviews Zim Zam Zoom!

There is Roger McGough, there is Michael Rosen and here is James Carter bringing bright, lively words to children. … Against bold coloured backgrounds of ochre, red and green, Nicola Colton's childlike images add to the joyful action. .. This is a book that would be great fun to share with a class of enthusiastic children, or as a family at bedtime.  

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