Wicked World!, Paperback
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This book features a brand new brilliant collection from the ground-breaking poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.

His verse explores people and places, cultures, nationalities and tribes.

Includes poems about Inuits, Celts, the history of Britain, Maories, the Dalai Lama, the North and South Poles, and much more - a real tour of the world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: English literature
  • ISBN: 9780141306834



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In this book, the author has collected some of his zany poems about people from all over the world. The poems have great sounds and rhythms and are better when read aloud! Zephaniah has traveled the world and this book includes poems about the Maoris, Chinese, British, Bengali, Cherokee, Kurds, immigrants, refugees, and just people. The poems are intended for children and teenagers. I truly enjoy this author’s way with words! He uses simple words and sentences, but they have such great rhythm and rhyme that you can’t help but read them aloud to someone else. I think this a great book to use in a middle school or high school Social Studies class as a way to integrate language arts. The poems present all cultures positively. My favorite poems are “People Need People”, “Who are We?”, and “The Tourists are Coming” (I think I must have visited some of the same places he did!). The poems are all light, easy-to-read, and help us get over our stereotypes that we may have about others! This author has visited Cairo and was a big success at a local British school.

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