Peter Bland’s collected poems for children are a major addition to a poetic presence spanning over sixty years. He began writing these poems for his own children in the 1950s, and has continued ever since … “Beguiled,” he says, “by the physicality of the childhood imagination, a sense of performance, and a love for the spoken word.”
From previous reviews:
Childhood delights that range from surrealist jaunts in dream landscapes
to visually precise vignettes of the natural world.
— NZ Review of Books
His poems have a quirky range of simple rhymes, fantasy, narrative,
and nonsense that kids love to learn and repeat.
— Sunday Herald
Poems to amuse, poems to have fun with, and poems that
will make you think.
— NZ Listener