Chris Riddell OBE, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award in 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, Muddle Earth and the Scavenger series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.
Riddell's drawings seem blown speedily across the pages as if by a spring breeze. But the pleasure and surprise is that the poems themselves are not light as candyfloss. This is a stupendously well-chosen, feelgood anthology in which even feel-bad poems feel good. This little book is a must-have, with poems that will make you feel more alive. -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer - The New Review * This beautifully designed anthology about love in many forms is a delight from cover to elegant purple bookmark. A wonderful gift for a literate teenager, it will also be enjoyed by many others unsure how to approach poetry. Riddell offers a stylish pick 'n' mix for all tastes and his graceful illustrations enhance this volume, sometimes stretching a single poem out over three or four pages. -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail and Mail Online * Former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is best known as an illustrator and the author of books like the Goth Girl and Ottoline series. But he's also a life-long lover of poetry and in this beautiful volume, complete with a dashing purple cover and Riddell's stunning artwork, he shows how poetry gives meaning to all our lives, from childhood through to old age. This collection is aimed at younger readers but people of all ages will appreciate the beauty of poems like Shelley's The Indian Serenade , Byron's She Walks in Beauty and La Belle Dame Sans Merci by Keats, as well as contemporary works by Neil Gaiman, Carol Ann Duffy, Kate Tempest and more. * Independent *