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Don’t Panic! 100 poems to save your life  Chosen by Fiona Waters Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2003, pp.180, £7.99 Overheard on a Salamander  By Carol Ann Duffy Young Picador, London, 2003, pp.112, £7.99 Give us a Goal: Football Poems  Chosen by Paul Cookson Macmillan Children Books, London, 2004, pp.88, £3.99   The Works 3: A Poet a Week  Chosen by Paul Cookson Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2004, pp.540, £5.99 Fairy Powers  By Clare Bevan, Illustratted by Lara James Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2004, pp.88, £3.99 Spectacular Schools  Poems Chosen by Paul Cookson. Illustrated by Yvonne Chambers and Maxwel Dorsey. Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2004, pp.88, £3.99 How to Embarrass Grown-Ups  Poems chosen by Paul Cookson. Illustrated by David Parkins. Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2004, pp.90, £3.99 Sardines and Other Poems  By Stephen Knight Young Picador, London, 2004, pp.84, £7.99   Only One of Me  Selected Poems by James Berry Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2004, pp.194, £4.99   The Monster that Ate that Universe  By Roger Stevens. Illustrated by Jane Eccles Macmillan Children’s Books, London, 2004, pp.86, £4.99 A Little Night Music  By Ruskin Bond Rupa & Co., New Delhi, 2004, pp. 54, Rs. 150.00   Among the few Spectacular Schools that exist for young people is the Fairy Tale Princess School. And here is a part of Wednesday’s timetable for this week: 10:30 a.m. How to Recognise Your Frog Prince Princesses are forbidden to kiss the study frogs. Princess Florabelle kissed a frog in last week’s lesson and not only is she in hospital with salmonella poisoning but got an extremely ugly princess into the bargain.  11:15 a.m. Programming Your Mobile An essential art if your father, the King Stakes you as bait for the local dragon. A simple press of a button will contact the knight in shining armour of your choice.      For those unfortunate enough not to have access to any Spectacular Schools, there are still annual holidays to look forward to. And here is a bit of the ‘Best Holiday’ ever: We had our holiday at home this year Dad bought two tons of sand And dumped it in the garden He hired a huge spotlight And tied it to the guttering So it looked like the sun was blazing down  Like in Spain Then we put on our cosies And sat in deck chairs Listening to a tape of ocean waves It was dead realistic.      What is not so ‘dead realistic’ is an adult like this one who says: I am on the kids’ side in ...


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