There are two sides in every story. In WONDER, readers fell in love with Auggie. They felt for him as he attended a real school for the first time and dealt with being bullied for his differences.
by Tony Mitton
The story. The lyric poem. Narrative. Intricate thought process verbalised. They are spheres, bubbles, alternative spaces, places to be alternative to the world of everyday. Escape. Even if the scenario is real. At the most extreme, in make-believe, there is escape into a pretend world. And the psychologists will tell us that that pretend world is a way (like Jung’s dreams) of processing, of dealing with, the menaces and challenges of the real world (see Bruno Bettellheim’s The Uses of Enchantment for an early version of this notion). …
To celebrate National Poetry Day and the publication of the hilarious Happily Never After: Modern Cautionary Tales by Mitchell Symons we are offering one lucky winner the chance to bag themselves £100 worth of books!
Happily Never After is full of fantastic rhymes that’ll have your sides splitting in no time. It contains some of the foulest kids you’ll ever come across who all get the comeuppance in the end. Like Tiffany: who couldn’t put down her mobile phone and died a horrible death; Bill: whose ability to fart ended in tears and Chloe: whose determination to have the most Facebook friends meant she lost her real ones!
To enter this amazing competition all you have to do is video yourself reading one of the poems from Happily Never After, and have a parent or guardian either upload it to YouTube and send us a link or email the whole thing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for the competition will be on the 31st October, please see full Terms and Conditions for further information on entering the competition.
If you need some inspiration, here is the author himself reading his favourite rhyme and two free extracts from the book to get you started!
Books as a way of travelling
One of the reasons I love reading is that books transport me to other worlds, and introduce me to new people and places. In my children’s series, my character Nina can travel to anywhere in the world in her magical shed. And the great thing is that we all get to journey along with her! …