How exciting was it to discover a children’s collection of verse created by the legendary Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes? Extremely exciting! And even more so when it is a collaboration with The Wiggles. This is is wonderful, fun to read and just as much fun to listen to.
This collection of rhythmical and rhyming poems – there are 7 and they are cleverly numbered Poem G’Number 1 etc – was inspired by his grandchildren and especially his grandson. They all feature Och Aye, a G’nu from a zoo, some with his best friend Kangaroo. There are poems about new shoes, and catching the flu, singing the Blues, and a Happy Birthday to you. It’s amazing how there are so many G’nu rhyming links. The poems are witty and catchy, relevant to many youngsters, and I am quite sure will be enjoyed by kids of very many ages. The accompanying CD makes this great for simply listening to the recordings being presented by Jimmy (most of us can’t sound like Jimmy but listening to him on the accompanying CD is superb), or for younger readers to engage with the printed text while listening to the recording. And of course the younger readers are also listening to parents and care givers reading the poems as well!!
Kat Chadwick has also created delightful line illustrations which are liberally placed throughout this tartan covered book. This creation will be shared again and again and enjoyed for longtime.