Juggling with Gerbils

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Penguin UK, Apr 6, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
A great new collection of poetry, wide-ranging in both form and subject matter. Full of Brian Patten's wonderful wit and moments of beauty as in GERANIUMS IN THE SNOW: Like children snuggling down under a white duvet Slowly the red geraniums Vanish under the snow. Brilliantly complemented by Chris Riddell's illustrations.

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The Vampire Duck
Odd Duck Out
The Muscovy Duck
Tiger Shadows
The Day I Got My Finger Stuck up My Nose
A Boat in the Snow
Mr Dahl Supping Soup
I Really Do Not Mind the Zoo
The Snail and the Bird
How Not to Approach a Cockroach
Jack Frost Is Playing Cards at the Roadside
Im Cold Said the Snowman
Batty Mrs Brown
Milking a Bumblebee in the Rain
The Famous Five

My Neighbours Rabbit
Nature Adores a Good Vacuum
Bringing up a Single Parent
The Spider and the Law
When you are called names remember
Never play cricket with rats because
Freddy the Vanishing Escapologist
The Wet Goldfish
Smart Alec
Geography Lesson
Three Frazzles in a Frimple
The Mysterious Smirkle
In the Jungle Restaurant
Uncle Joe and the Roman Centurions
Scarce Rhymes
Lonely Rhymes
How Do You Know Im Me If Youve Never Met Me?
The Soldier
The Delighted Fly
Billy Motormouth
The Inside of Things
Not Only
Vigil Virgil
Itchy Cat
Trees in the Storm
A Warm Simile
One of the Difficulties of Writing a Poem
The Boy Who Broke Things
Something That Might Be Useful If You Are Ever Stranded on an Ice Floe
Neigh Manners
Remembering the Horse
October 26th 2028
The Panthers Heart
A Moth in November
Curtains for Gran
Contrary Me
The Gloomy Tortoise
The Ghost of the Circus Clown
Usefully Useless
The Suspicious Detective
The Awfullest of Friends
Where Am I?
A Valentine
A Poet I Know
The Mud Mother
Cerberus the Dog
The Yeti and the Monk
The Misfit
The Secret Rhyme for Orange
Fingers and Thumbs
A Bun Dance
My Dancing Gran
Devil of a Dancer
The Word Spoken in Haste
The Pecking Order
Geraniums in the Snow
What the Mountain Knows
Bad Manners
In Tintagel Graveyard
The Birds Advice to the Astrologer
A Scarecrow in the Waves
Feeding Time
The Forgetful Mother
Reading the Classics
The Neighbour Without a Shadow
Our Sister the Mad Scientist
To a Boy Who Shot at a Bird
The Bird Table
Mr Ifonly
Juggling with Gerbils
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About the author (2000)

Brian Patten was born in Liverpool. His poetry for adults has been translated into many languages, and his collections include Collected Love Poems, Armada, and, from Penguin,
Selected Poems. His verse for children includes Gargling with Jelly, Juggling with Gerbils, and Thawing Frozen Frogs. Brian Patten is a popular performer of his work, and he has also written children's plays as well as editing The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse and The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry.

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