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Hopscotch in the Sky
Hopscotch in the Sky

Hopscotch in the Sky

By Lucinda Jacob, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

JUVENILE NONFICTION

48 Pages, 5 x 9

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: October 2017

ISBN 9781910411933

Rights: US & CA

Little Island Books (Oct 2017)

Price: $17.99
 
 

Overview

From ice creams to Christmas trees, flying grannies to reading mermaids, haiku to rhyming verse, Hopscotch in the Sky takes children on a magical poetic journey through the seasons of the year. Funny and touching, sweet and sharp, these poems are full of life and verve. With a rainbow of enchanting illustration by award-winning artist Lauren O'Neill, winner of the Children's Books Ireland Award for Illustration in 2016. An accompanying ebook, The Hopscotch in the Sky Poetry Kit, will be free to download, introducing children to the poetic forms used in the book and chock-full of ideas to encourage readers to try their hand at writing their own poems. It will be especially helpful also to teachers who would like to include writing poetry as a classroom activity with their pupils. You can download it for free on the Little Island website.

Reviews

"The poems in this first collection . . . are poems that invite the reader in, assuming shared experiences and memories, like walking in the wet tar of a hot concrete road in bare feet in summer or rescuing a doll's picnic from the rain. This is poetry of observation and carefully modulated emotion, perhaps most eloquently expressed in the sentiment of the poem The Mountains and the Sea . . . This is a sensitively illustrated and finely produced volume. It's perhaps disappointingly slim but it offers a range of poetic forms to satisfy the national curriculum and some memorable moments . . . Hopefully, there are more poems and collections to come." —Books For Keeps  

"This is a charming, accessible collection from one of Ireland's best poets for children, Lucinda Jacob. She covers all kinds of topics from friendship to school and her work cries out to be read aloud. The classy, expressive illustrations by Lauren O'Neill make this a pocket treasure." —Irish Independent, best children's books of 2017

"Mesmerising poems for and about childhood . . . these poems are at once timeless and contemporary . . . A wise and beautiful collection that every household should own." —CBI Reading Guide

"An inspiring and diverse collection that encourages readers to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, feel and taste. No doubt readers will want to put pen to paper after Lucinda Jacob's marvellous collection that celebrates the ordinary, and acts as a reminder that simple things can often be extraordinary, especially when the experience is shared. A wonderful collection of poems to activate your senses and make note of the changing seasons and the wonder that surrounds us. Hopscotch in the Sky is a collection to be cherished and will initiate much conversation and creativity, as well as inspire readers and budding poets to venture outside." —RTEjr Bookclub

Author Biography

Lucinda Jacob is a poet, illustrator, and author of fiction for young people. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books and storybooks for new readers, scripts for the national broadcaster RTE´ and poetry for older children, published in numerous collections. Lauren O'Neill is a Wexford-born illustrator and NCAD graduate. Her work can be found on the covers and in the interiors of several books for children, and she is the proud winner of the Children's Books Ireland Honour Award for Illustration 2016.