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I once knew a poem who wore a hat


Children’s Poetry- aged 6-11 yrs
148mm x 210mm portrait paperback
112 pp
106 black & white illustrations
Publication date: 28th April 2016
ISBN 9781911048022
(includes p&p)


WINNER of the Poetry Category of the International Rubery Book Awards 2016

You can listen to a podcast of Emma Purshouse




I once knew a poem who wore a hat : A children’s poetry book jam-packed with pictures, begging to-be-read-out-loud poems, and poetry performing ideas (poetry performing is now a mandatory part of the primary school curriculum)

Rubery Award

WINNER of the Poetry Category of the International Rubery Book Awards 2016


Lots of wonderful imaginative and outrageous poems in this collection which is full of the charms and idiosyncrasies of childhood. It’s easy to see how children could love these breezy poems and become attached to them. One could easily imagine them being learnt by heart and repeated in playgrounds. The illustrations by Catherine Pascall Moore are quirky and appropriate. The hints about, for example, the best way to learn a poem or how to speak a poem aloud, are unusual in a book of this sort and never patronising.



A useful, fun addition to poetry shelves and resources.
The School Librarian journal 

Emma’s poems are full of life and laughs, bubbling with music and wisdom and silliness and jokes and cute animals.
She’s a great performer of her work and the book is crammed with tips to help the reader become a performer too.
And as if that weren’t enough, Catherine’s fine and funny pictures add another dimension to the book (a picture-y dimension)
A.F.Harrold Bloomsbury Children’s Poet and has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7

Prompts and suggestions for learning by heart are dotted among these fun poems from performance poet Emma Purhouse.
They remind us that poetry should be spoken aloud and encourage us to do so, enjoying the poet’s skillful word play.
A delightful collection for children and grown ups to enjoy together.
Celia Warren Children’s Poet published by Heinemann, plus KS2 Comprehension, and Teacher’s Guide author

Delightful wordplay and dazzling illustration makes this a must have for young readers and schools everywhere
Andrew Fusek Peters – whose Children’s Poetry has been on Poetry Please, and is on Poetry Archive

A fluffy romp of poems for younger readers which create sparks in the imagination.
John Siddique, Children’s Poet


• Emma has run workshops and performed to & with children throughout the West Midlands. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing.

• shortlisted twice for the Belmont Children’s Poetry Prize • published in ‘Born to Giggle’ – a Save the Children Poetry anthology

• her very popular children’s poetry CD ‘Fair & Fowl’ CD has sold out.

• confirmed events – Manchester Children’s Book Festival, Wenlock Poetry Festival, Audlem Festival 2016


• Cath was a teacher of Special Needs children

• designed for the card company Jotterbox before returning to do an MA in Visual Communications.



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