Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"A Moat is Not a Goat - Poems for Clever Little Girls by Elsa Takaoka and Fanny Liem


A Moat is Not a Goat - Poems for Clever Little Girls

Written by Elsa Takaoka

Illustrated by Fanny Liem

Published by Elsa Takaoka

Poetry and prose are definitely our bag. Top ReadItDaddy pal Elsa Takaoka obviously likes a tricky rhyme to share with her kids too as she's put together a devilishly delicious tome full of awesome poetry for her two children and for you to share with yours too.

"A Moat is not a Goat - Poems for Clever Little Girls" follows Elsa's interesting writing style of letting the reader have loads of fun, solving fiendish clues and reading aloud rhymes that trip off the tongue with ease.

As you'd probably gather from the name of the book, this poetry collection is squarely aimed at smart girls who love to read, but smart girls who love all the things that girls do too so the characters in Elsa's poems aren't just your ordinary everyday boring dress-obsessed princesses, they're girls with sass and brains too (and if there's one thing we definitely like on this blog, it's girls with sass and brains just like Charlotte!)

For example, we giggled our way through "The Five Sisters" which deceptively lures you in with illustrations that might recall those sugary Disney princesses, but each of the five sisters cuts her own style and takes no nonsense - particularly the youngest (who was, of course, Charlotte's favourite!)

We also loved "The Mollusk's Daughters" which is a lovely poem that feels like a traditional fairy tale, wrought in rhyme with a dash of a moral lesson about vanity and obsession with beauty.

Elsa's awesome poem collection is available for your kindle via this handy link so if you have a poetry obsessed smart girl at home, check it out!

Charlotte's best bit: She loved the poems mentioned above, and also "A Moat" which is an awesome poem about building!

Daddy's Favourite bit: A neat little collection from Elsa, perfect for mighty poetry-obsessed girls everywhere!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Elsa Takaoka)

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