The book features an eclectic mix of topics; from funnel-web spiders to seasons to tyres, Laing embraces the freedom of language. I'm always a proponent of freeing yourself from the constraints of the rules and boundaries associated with language, especially when it comes to poetry and especially when it comes to children.
This sort of book is great for kids who are fans of poetry, but is also a sweet little nudge in the direction of poetry for those that don't. Actually, that's why I think books like Shoctopus are important. The emancipation from the obvious and expected can be a powerful tool for linguaphiles and linguaphobes alike.
The book also features illustrations by Clinton De Vere.
Title: Shoctopus – Poems to Grip You
Author: Harry Laing
Illustrator: Clinton De Vere
Publisher: Bunda Press, $20.00 RRP
Publication Date: 30 July 2015
For ages: 6 – 12
Type: Poetry, Junior Fiction