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Let’s Chase Stars Together

Authored by Matt Goodfellow
Illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Let’s Chase Stars Together is a collection of poems with the theme of ‘Poems to lose yourself in.’

The title of the collection is a line from the first poem ‘Meet at the Horizonwhich when you read aloud reminded me of a rap with the refrain ‘c’mon, c’mon let’s go.’ The poems in this collection do indeed invite you in, to explore themes in lots of different ways. Through them the poet and reader can explore friendship, growing up and finding your place in the world. Some of the poems are very poignant and explore how it feels to grow up such as ‘The Wheel of Worry’ which captures perfectly the things that worry children and ‘Transition’ which reflects the concerns of moving to secondary school. Other poems in the collection explore challenging family relationships such as ‘First Class’ and ‘Jake.’ The language used in the poems is beautifully descriptive but also very accessible so that children reading the poems will be able to reflect on the meaning rather than struggle with what the words mean or how to read them. The poet has taken the feelings and events that children will be able to identify with and distilled them down into poems which are haunting. The illustrations really add to the mood of the poems.

I would recommend reading these poems aloud to upper KS2 children in a class that you know well. This is because some of the themes are difficult and as a teacher, I would want to be aware of the recent experiences of the readers. Having said that I would also use the poems to start exploring some of those difficult themes sometimes. These are poems which stay with you and you think about after you have read them; I have found myself revisiting some of them multiple times.