James Norcliffe’s poems, along with Jenny Cooper’s witty illustrations, reveal what most teachers and nearly all pupils secretly know – that poetry can be fun to read and fun to write.

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“Packing A Bag for Mars is the complete package for aspiring writers and working teachers seeking an understanding of the nature of poetry and a wide variety of examples to choose from.”
Rangi Faith,
teacher and poet.

Available from all good booksellers and from Clerestory Press.

RRP: $27.00

KidsBooksNZ says:

James Norcliffe (award winning author of the junior fiction fantasy series The Loblolly Boy) has written 45 lively thought-provoking poems for children on diverse subjects … he uses a range of styles, voices and approaches THEN he encourages his audience (or you the teacher to try with your class) that style. These poems will encourage your students to write more sophisticated poetry … highly recommended!