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An Explosion of Fantastical Poems, Raps, Haiku, Rhyming Plays (and More) to Spark Imagination

By Zaro Weil, Illustrated by Jo Riddell


208 Pages, 8.86 x 7.28

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: July 2021

ISBN 9781909991330

Rights: US & CA

Troika Books (Jul 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: July 2021


Firecrackers is a hum-dinger of a book; packed full of wonderfully off-the-wall and out-of-this-world poems, little plays, tall tales, raps, fairy tales, haikus, and loads more. This 240 page turner is an Aladdin's Cave of magical words and gorgeous drawings just waited to be discovered. Reading it will not just spark the child's imagination, it will send it soaring. Jo Riddell's wonderful illustrations and her evocative line drawings draw the child in even deeper into that mysterious world where the everyday becomes magical.

Author Biography

Zaro Weil has been a lot of things; dancer, theater director, actress, poet, playwright, educator, quilt collector, historian, author, publisher, and a few other things. Her poetry for children has appeared in many anthologies. Her two most recent books, Cherry Moon and Spot Guevara, were highly acclaimed for their writing, design, and presentation. Jo Riddell has a studio in an old coach house at the bottom of her garden which she shares with her husband, the former children's laureate and illustrator, Chris Riddell. After a BA degree at Brighton University Jo worked in children's books, publishing 12 books over 10 years.