Poo and Other Words That Make Me Laugh
ABC Books, 2021
40pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
There are some words that toll off the tongue so smoothly that you just want to say them again and again for the sheer joy of it. My own two favourites are mugwump and ragamuffin, and in this hilarious book, Felice Arena has collected a whole lot more. Words like bumbershoot and wishy-washy and hullabaloo and, of course, poo!
Accompanied by Tom Jellett’s bold illustrations, this is a book that celebrates the sounds of our language as well as introducing a whole range of vocabulary for each word is real and has its definition included at the end. It invites the reader to contribute their own favourites and this, in turn, sets up the opportunity to play with rhythm with a voice orchestra. Have small groups of children repeat a word over and over -its syllables will give the rhythm – and then combine them to make something magical. Imagine the combinations if your EALD students added their favourite words in their language – and taught the others what they meant.
Books should be entertaining and this is indeed, that!