Review: Pooems by Nicola Winsland

Pooems is a small anthology of children’s poetry based on that always amusing topic: poo.

It mainly focuses on animal poo, and the beginning few pages have a breakdown of what the poo from different animals is like, written (as you would expect from a book of poetry) in verse, and hilarious verse at that, before moving on to large poems detailing the strange things animals, humans, and even dinosaurs do with poo. Here’s the blurb from the back cover, complete with extract:

Contrary to all the hype,

Zebra poos don’t have a stripe,

So it’s conceivable of course,

That you could muddle them with horse!


From the unstripy poo of a Zebra, to the pungent pong of a piggy’s poo,

this little book of pooetry rhymes about it all.

And if you’ve ever pondered where a mole does his business

or what a pigeon gets up to on the London Underground,

then this collection of hilarious pooems is just for you

The tag line is ‘A fun read for children and adults alike’ and having read it in the staff room only to giggle out loud and have my co-workers stare at me, I can attest to that. This is a very fun book, and the poems would not look out of place in a bigger book of children’s poetry (such as my childhood favourite, ‘The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry’).

The illustrations are fantastic and add to the humour, and are drawn by the author. All in all, I believe that this book is worth every penny and would make a great addition to any collection of poetry.