Doughnuts, Thieves and Chimpanzees


By Alex Wharton | Illustrations by Rhi Smith
Published 19th October 2023 | ISBN 9781915444585

From Children’s Laureate Wales Alex Wharton comes an innovative poetry ‘how to’ collection aimed at school pupils. Doughnuts, Thieves and Chimpanzees is packed full of fun poems, limericks, haiku, song and rap from Alex Wharton, all illustrated by Rhiannon Smith.

There are brief introductions to different types of poets and lyric-writing with sections on how to create your own poems and songs and links from songs in the book to performances on Alex’s website.

What Alex says: ‘Doughnuts, Thieves and Chimpanzees is curious, playful and imaginative. It is interactive, encouraging the reader to enjoy, collaborate on and participate in many forms of writing including limericks, haikus, raps and songs.’

Praise for the book

Praise for Daydreams and Jellybeans:

‘This is a lovely, warm collection of poems that hail from a place of wonder and mystery.’ Joshua Seigal

‘Alex Wharton’s wide-ranging poems about both the natural and human world, filled with keen observation, thoughtfulness and vivid bouncing rhythms, are wonderfully partnered with Katy Riddell’s perfect illustrations which breathe extra life into every page.’ AF Harrold

‘Daydreams and Jellybeans reveals a world rich with nature, colour and warmth. Words and images combine to create an assured and confident debut collection that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.’ Matt Goodfellow

‘A lovely collection of playful poetry and beautiful verse’ Joseph Coelho 

‘Fun, imagination and wonder lie in store for children in Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton. This short collection of poems captures the perspective of a curious child who sees magic and mystery everywhere, from the white lines that seem to appear on the road overnight to the clouds in the sky. These playful poems, with charming illustrations from Katy Riddell, make an enchanting read to share together as a family.’ Sarah Mallon, The Scottsman

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