Hot Like Fire and Other Poems

Publisher: Bloomsbury

In this wonderful collection of well-crafted poems, some written in standard English, and some in dialect (which sound wonderful when read aloud), Valerie Bloom covers an amazing range of themes that children will enjoy and relate to, from difficulties with homework, or visits from relatives, to animals, death of pets, football and birthdays. Everything in a child’s world is brought to life.

Bloom also depicts the richness of daily life in Jamaica, which is bound to make practically every child want to visit the island for themselves.

Some of the most poignant poems touch on the difficult subject of slavery (for instance, "The Tall Ships"), and in these cases, Bloom is a sensitive and thoughtful teller of truth.

This edition of Valerie Bloom’s poetry is taken from two of her previous poetry volumes, The World Is Sweet and Hot Like Fire. Valerie’s poetry is aimed at children, but the humour and themes running through them have universal appeal.

More books like this

The Great Food Bank Heist

Author: Onjali Q. Raúf Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli

This heartwarming book about a food bank shortage is marvellous on so many levels. The intriguing mystery has touches of humour and is underpinned by a wealth of information about food poverty, expressed in a straightforward manner.

Read more about The Great Food Bank Heist

Kenny Wright: Superhero

Author: James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts Illustrator: Cory Thomas

This entertaining book tackles the serious issues of bullying, poverty and difficult family circumstances with a light-hearted touch. Short chapters and the use of comic strip drawings to illustrate Stainlezz Steel's imaginary escapades make this is an accessible and amusing read.

Read more about Kenny Wright: Superhero

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...