Poetry Pie by Roger McGough

This collection of over 50 poems is full of hilarious observations on life, covering everything from food to ghouls. Young poets will love this book which is packed full of fun word play, puns and quirky line drawings. Read one, and you’ll be asking for another slice of this poetry pie!

Kings and Queens by Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon

This funny anthology contains a poem about every British monarch, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II. Meet the ruthless and murderous Henry VIII, or laugh at the dull reign of Queen Anne. This book has been a classic for decades and will delight children and adults alike. 

Poetry Jump-Up compiled by Grace Nichols

Poetry Jump-Up is one of Puffin’s great collections. Inside, you will meet some of the very best writers from across the world, and revel in the lively music of their verse. Poets like Don L. Lee, Dione Brand, and Nikki Giovanni  fill these pages and lend this anthology a vibrancy that is hard to find elsewhere.

 

Gargling with Jelly by Brian Patten

Brian Patten is one of Puffin’s favourite poets, and Gargling with Jelly is one of his best collections! This anthology is both amusing and outrageous and will introduce you to a variety of characters who you’ve never met before. From naughty children to ghosts, you are sure to find something new at every turn. 

Cat Among the Pigeons by Kit Wright

Meet Dave-Dirt, an anti-hero that lives up to his name! This collection is full to the brim with witty, amusing verse, all from the mind of the irreverent Kit Wright. Dive in if you want to join Dave on his chaotic adventures – and go on plenty more too! The perfect book for younger readers, it will have you engrossed from page one.

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Revolting Rhymes is Dahl’s shortest and most comical children’s book. Turning traditional verse on its head, this reinterpretation of classic fairy tales such as Cinderella and Snow White is completely gruesome and downright daring.

Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah writes poetry of all flavours. From humorous to solemn, he touches on issues both amusing and important. Between the pages of Funky Chickens you’ll meet the likes of The Hip Hop Cop and The Grand Old Duke of York while touching on issues of racism and environmentalism in a variety of amusing poems. Hugely entertaining and well worth a read.

Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here! By Michael Rosen

From the yuckiest things your brother does (that’s right, shreddies in your hair!) to the very worst things your parents say, Michael Rosen’s hilarious collection of poems explores all the trials and tribulations of family life – a modern children’s classic

The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry edited by Brian Patten

This celebratory collection contains some of Puffin’s best-loved poets – a top choice for anyone looking to find a new favourite. Inside, you’ll meet 10 of our best writers, from Allan Ahlberg to Jackie Kay. Swing through the trees with a silly baboon, hear the chatter of the talking turkeys or go wandering in a fantasy world… the perfect anthology for any new reader.

Silly Verse for Kids edited by Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan is an old favourite. Any child will recognise The Ning Nang Nong and many will remember a whole pile of Milligan’s other poems. Dip into this collection if you want some absurd, hilarious and side-splitting verse.  Just don’t blame us if you go a little mad inside…

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