Title: Take Off Your Brave: Poems Just for You
Author: Nadim (aged 4)
Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book, Poetry
Book format: Hardback
Description: The poems in this book beautifully capture how a four-year-old sees the world – a world of rainbows, glitter and magical boxes; a world of nursery, hometime and cuddles with Mum. They make for joyful reading and, paired with a forward from poet and teacher Kate Clanchy, as well as wonderful pictures by Yasmeen Ismail, are an invitation for young readers to join in the fun.
By turns funny and charming, gentle and zany, Take Off Your Brave shows that poetry is for everyone…no matter how little you are!
*Free copy provided for review…
Review: This is an interesting book filled with poetry written by a four year old. ‘Take Off Your Brave’ in hardback is a little smaller than A4 in height and is filled with lots of thick matt pages of text and illustrations. The start of the book has a forward explaining what the book is about and the rest is filled with the different and interesting poems that a four year old has written.
Every poem is unique and very different from the usual poetry you’d read in a children’s picture book. You can feel and see the fun and magical way that children view the world when you read the words that Nadim has said. The poems are all very random and about different things, from a teacher, to what trains are like, magical boxes and even all the questions that children might ask when their minds are overactive at bedtime. I like how each page or double page has a separate poem by four-year-old Nadim and how each poem is accompanied with some fun illustrations which add to the words.
The illustrations are all colourful and feature a whole host of different children, sometimes playing together, at other times doing something like sitting at a party, and there’s even a set of pictures of a cat next to a poem about a cat. The illustrations are all lovely and make you feel the magic of children’s imagination and their energy and I like how happy and fun all of the children look and how the book feels with the pictures overall.
There’s the occasional poem that is co-written or written by Nadim’s sister or class and I do love how creative and interesting the words all are in every poem in this book. However, while the poetry is nice and does show how children think and see the world at a young age, I don’t know how many children of similar age will actually enjoy reading these words. Being written by a four year old, not all of the poems feature the best grammar either, but whether children do enjoy reading through this, and even enjoy coming up with their own observations and poems, as the forward suggests, really does depend on the child and I just don’t know whether this book will be appreciated more by and was created more for the adults reading this to their kids rather than the children themselves.
What do you think of this book? Do your children enjoy writing poetry or did you when you were a child? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂