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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Bad Bad Cats by Roger McGough
Published by The Penguin Group, 1997
ISBN 0-140-38391-3
Illustrations © Lydia Monks, 1997

Divided into three sections – The Cats’ Protection League, Waxing Lyrical and Carnival of the Animals – this wonderfully witty collection from Roger McGough contains a total of seventy-six poems in all. The first five poems feature the gangster cats; the bad bad cats of the title.

An interesting mixture of rhyming and non-rhyming verse is supplemented with what are simply lists of helpful hints for people like new teachers, who should never swap confiscated Beano comics for the P.E. teacher’s bubble gum; scuba divers, who are advised to practise at home in the bath before diving into shark-infested waters; and travellers to whom it’s suggested that destinations are ideal places to head for!

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