|Reviews of Septimus Pitt
As a one time teacher who always enjoyed giving a performance I am already imagining the voice I could give to these poems - Septimus Pitt, Mister Nobody, the pupil describing his new teacher, all gifts to those among us who are frustrated actors. But more than this, these poems deal with things that interest children, things with which they can identify. And many of them are told in the vernacular they use.
Brian Whittingham has a brilliant track record of working with schools. His work for Glasgow Museums brought exhibitions alive and drew pupils into the collections in new and exciting ways, from wild tigers to knights and castles, from Ancient Egypt to World War II. The poetry helped children express their thoughts and emotions in ways that those of us who have watched Brian at work couldn't begin to imagine.
His work has brought him quite rightly to a place where he had to pull it all together and share his poems and experiences with others. This collection will inspire, delight and inform all who dip into it.
This is a rich and entertaining poetry collection that can be used as a resource that teachers would welcome in the classroom.
I would highly recommend this collection to my colleagues as a classroom resource, especially to motivate and inspire boys. Indeed, after reading aloud several of Brian's poems, I even heard pleas for 'Just one more, Miss!' And, no, my ears did not deceive me!
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