Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble

Chosen by Paul Cookson & illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.

Published by Bloomsbury Education, 2020.

Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble – a fabulous collection of magical and spooky poems – has published just in time for Halloween. The poems have been selected by poet Paul Cookson and the anthology brings together work from a range of classic, established and rising poets. Poets include: William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Zephaniah, Brian Moses and A.F. Harrold.

What I love about Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble is the variety. There’s such a wide range of witchy poems, from the classics (Macbeth) to the modern where witches struggle with their internet connection. Some poems are spooky, others are funny. There’s word play – I loved How to Cast a Spell if you are Vegetarian – and unexpected twists: Paul Cookson’s take on the cute pink unicorn in Oh How I Love a Unicorn! is delicious! There are poems that read like spells, including one to turn your teacher purple, as well as poems which extol the magic of books and libraries. As well as witches and wizards, we have poems about ogres and goblins, fairies and unicorns, dragons, kraken and the beasts lurking down the plug hole. There are poems about wands and broomsticks, witches’ hats and even magic carpets too.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout by Eilidh Muldoon – I mean, just look at that stunning cover! Her pictures of potions and cauldrons, and witches and wizards really capture the mood and the magic of the book.

Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble is an enchanting anthology which will certainly bewitch its audience.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 6+

Thank you to Bloomsbury Education for sending me this book to review. I reviewed it as part of the Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble blog tour where Paul Cookson talked to me about his five favourite poems. To see which ones he chose, click here.

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