Today is international Chocolate Cake Day! To celebrate this momentous occasion we’ve teamed up with Penguin Schools and Stratford’s Discover Children’s Story Centre to launch a lip-licking poetry competition…
Write a poem about your favourite cake to be in with a chance of winning tickets for your whole class to visit the amazing Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things Exhibition. Step inside a humongous Chocolate Cake, explore Bad Things in the Dread Shed and go on a Bear Hunt. The exhibition will run at Discover (Stratford) until 10 April, after which it will go on tour to Cornwall, Manchester and Liverpool.
Want to splash splosh your way through a river, stumble trip through a forest and crawl and tiptoe your way into a bear cave on your very own Bear Hunt? Check out poet Michael Rosen’s new exhibition at The Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford.
Explore hidden rooms and find clues that reveal the inspiration behind Michael’s writing. See your face on TV in his Grandparents’ sitting room and scribble on the chalkboard in his old school classroom, where you’ll also find fun rhythm and word games that will help you create your own poem to take home.
Michael Rosen: “This exhibition is one of the most exciting things to have happened in my writing career. I am someone who has found a way of writing that is often about digging up stuff to do with my past and here is Discover making that into a giant exhibition that families and schools will be able to explore. Just as exciting for me, as someone who works with children and students, is the idea that this exhibition will act as a springboard for children, teachers and parents to talk together about things that they remember or think up, and this, I hope, will turn into writing and performing new poems and stories.”
The amazing Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things exhibition is running at Discover until 10 April, before it goes on a UK tour! Find out about tickets, tour dates and upcoming locations on the Discover website.
Photography by Andrew Baker.
Here at Puffin we love nothing more than the chance to be playful with words and make-up silly riddles and rhymes. To celebrate National Poetry Day, we are proud to present a delicious new collection of tasty poems from poet Roger McGough – Poetry Pie. And for the poetry fans out there, we have re-issued five much-loved titles from brilliant poets all with colourful and witty new covers. So tantalise your taste-buds and get ready for a fun day packed with poems. Plus teachers, take note, there’s a chance to WIN a visit from Roger McGough to your school.
Rain from Silly Verses for Kids by Spike Milligan
There are holes in the sky
Where the rain gets in,
But they’re ever so small
That’s why rain is thin.
Poetry Pie is a brand new children’s poetry collection by Roger McGough, one of the UK’s most celebrated poets. The book is full to bursting poems about food, school, animals, people and places, and illustrated throughout with amusing line drawings by Roger himself. Roger is the author of fifty books and is an international ambassador for poetry; in 1997 he was awarded a CBE from the Queen.
Poetry writing competition
Attention Teachers! You could win a visit from Roger McGough to your school. To enter, email your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org with POETRY PIE in the subject line. 3 runners-up will receive a full set of the Puffin Poetry book.
The theme of the competition is: what’s in your poetry pie?
Competition is open to children age 7+ and the judges will be looking for creativity and imagination. Enter by 4th November 2015.
PUFFIN’S POETRY WRITING TIPS!
1. Read and read and read. Poems are everywhere, They’re in books, like the Puffin Poetry collection of course, but they’re also in pop songs and even television adverts.
2. Write, write and re-write until get it right. Keep on playing with those words until your poem is perfect.
3. Read your poem out loud to see how it sounds and read it to other people to see what they like.
4. Use different writing techniques like alliteration, metaphors, similes and even a rhyme or two (or three) to bring your poem to life.
5. Have fun!
All the information you need to enter the competition plus writing tips is on this handy worksheet. – PoetryPie_Competition_Worksheet
Celebrate 50 whipple-scrumptious years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, the show will be streaming live to schools all around the world from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, home of the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From a draw-along with Sir Quentin Blake to a global sing-along of Pure Imagination led by members of the cast! Plus tickle your taste buds with a Willy Wonka inspired cookery feature, send in your questions for the live Q&A with Roald Dahl expert Michael Rosen and look forward to a few surprises. Suitable from viewers aged 7 and up.
Sign up to watch the live show, Monday 15th September 2pm. Don’t be late! www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk
Do you often find yourself talking in rhyme? Do you get to school on mashed potato? Have you been known to wear centrally heated knickers??
Then you’re just the person we’re looking for! We have four tickets to give away for a fantastic family (or other group of mammals) to come along to the Science Museum in London to be blown away by the all-singing, all-dancing Centrally Heated Knickers Show.
The lucky winner will also win a copy of the book which has loads of rhyming poems about volcanoes, body parts and outer space, and the lucky winner will also get the chance to MEET MICHAEL ROSEN and have their book signed.
'How do I win?' we hear you cry – it’s simple.
Come up with your own rhyming, weird and wonderful short poem about anything related to science and technology, and send it to us at Puffin. Make them as disgusting and hilarious as you can! email@example.com
HOW TO ENTER
Applicants must be aged 16 or under, and must be available to attend the 11.00am show on Saturday 7th December at the Science Museum, London. The prize is a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) and a copy of Centrally Heated Knickers (RRP £6.99). Applicants must send their poems to email address firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to Puffin Publicity, Penguin, 80 Strand, WC2R 0RL. Entry deadline is 27th November 2013, and the winner will be notified by Friday 29th November.