Author(s): Chris Riddell
This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology. Perfect as a gift, it features famous poems, classics old and new, and a few surprises, Poems to Live Your Life By includes poems from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy and Christina Rossetti sitting alongside Neil Gaiman, Roger McGough and W. B. Yeats.
This isn't a collection of funny poems or of rhymes for little kids - - it's a collection of absolute gems ranging from the old master poets through to modern greats.
Check out YouTube to listen to the hit on pages 60-63 (grandparents will remember it); read Neil Gaiman' lie down with the Persian 13th century poet Rumi. And admire the excellence of the illustrations throughout.
This is an understated yet beautiful book. - Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop. 2018.