Forty original poems for teenage readers
When Bees Flew in for Breakfast is a collection of forty original poems written specifically for the 11-16 age group. The poems cover a wide range of themes, from nonsense humour to Gothic horror to logical puzzles to the Natural World. The poems are playful, surprising, thought-provoking and intriguing. This is a book that young people will want to read.
This was the first book I published, and it was written to my teenage self. Having been a passionate reader as a young child, I found in my early teenage years that there were fewer and fewer authors who interested me. I missed, for example, the imagination of Lewis Carroll in his Wonderland stories and the ingenuity of T.S. Eliot in his Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. When Bees Flew in for Breakfast was the book that I would have wanted to discover when I was 13.
As someone who thinks that everyone is a reader - some just may not have found their favorite book yet, this is definitely a book I'd hand to reluctant teens and preteens. Short enough that it can be read in an afternoon, well-written enough that I found myself wanting to go back and revisit my favorite poems, it's a keeper.
(Christine Marsh, Reading for Sanity)