Reviews of School Visits
"Joshua was absolutely amazing. The children loved him, as did all the adults that saw him too. He performed to every age child in the school, from Nursery to Year 6 and it worked at every level. He is truly inspirational. I would love to have him back for a return visit sometime in the future."
Sharon Cook, Librarian, Queenborough School, Kent
“Joshua was engaging, exciting and thoroughly inspiring – the whole school became poets for the day! My class continued to write and create their own work after he had gone and every child produced a poem of which they were very proud.”
Emer Harrison, Head, St Mary's Primary School, Broadway (read newspaper article)
“Poetry is a really important tool for developing the writing skills of the children and we’re committed to getting them involved with it from a young age. To have such a well-respected and successful poet come in to speak with the children was a wonderful experience and they all really enjoyed it."
Vanessa Bingham, Headteacher, Lyceum Primary School, London (read about the day)
"Thank you so much for a fabulous day - you really got our Book Week off to a fantastic start. I have had nothing but positive feedback from both children and staff."
Stanmore Primary School, Winchester
“Josh went down really well with the KS2 children - I could hear the enthusiastic audience participation from my room. Feedback from the teachers was along the lines of "brilliant", "inspiring", "really engaged all the pupils"."
St Francis de Sales RC Junior School, London (read newspaper article)
"It was great to start the day with a performance from you. The children left buzzing. The focused workshops were excellent, the pitch and content were perfect and the enthusiasm created was inspirational. You created a real sense of success and achievement for the children that participated in the workshops. It was great to see them responding well to a positive male role model"
Jen Higginson, Literacy Coordinator, Fleetville Infant School, Hertfordshire
"Helped us to reinvent our own poetry teaching and gave us teachers new ideas!"
Hannah Ross, Literacy Coordinator, Parkgate House School, London
"This is a great collection of genuinely funny poems and they're refreshingly original for older primary kids, reflecting their lives and interests. Perfect for use by teachers in the primary classroom, to be read to children at home, or for independent reading."
Review of I Bet I Can Make You Laugh The Book Trust
"Surely a strong contender for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards next year, I Don’t Like Poetry is a cracking cornucopia mixing riddles, rhythm, rhyme and revelry. If ever you’ve thought that you or the young people you know don’t like poetry, please allow yourselves an early Christmas present and treat yourself to this. It will change your mind and brighten your heart. We all need reasons to laugh and smile this year, and this is an excellent source of lifted spirits."
Review of I Don't Like Poetry www.playingbythebook.net
"Even if you don't like poetry, you're likely to be won over by Seigal's clever rhymes"
Review of I Don't Like Poetry, The Week Junior Magazine (BOOK OF THE WEEK)
“If ... you still think, 'I don't like poetry,' this might be the collection for you: Joshua Seigal's very imaginative and wonderful collection.” Review of I Don't Like Poetry, Nicolette Jones, The Times
"This is a very clever and varied collection of poems which will appeal to six-year-olds as it sets out to disprove its own title.
It offers a mixture of concrete poems, haiku poems, ingenious and irreverent verse, and, most importantly, advice and tips on how to be a poet."
Review of I Don't Like Poetry www.irishexaminer.com
"What do you mean you don’t like poetry? This must mean you’ve not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal! Whether it’s poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you’ve read Joshua’s poems you’ll be shouting from the rooftops that poetry is the place to be! Packed with subversive humour and a real insight into the world of children today, I Don’t Like Poetry will please the most reluctant of poem readers whether they want something funny, sad or scary. It is a wonderful collection that shows a new poet at his best."
Review of I Don't Like Poetry www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
"Joshua Seigal is a rising star in the children’s poetry world and this new collection of his poems will be a real crowd-pleaser. Many of them are crying out to be read aloud, Brontosaurus for example, with its Stomp Swamp Chomp chorus, or My Dog Eats Spaghetti, but others are quieter, to be read, considered and remembered. He has particular fun with shape poems, of which there are many, look out for the Fruit Bat and Bat’s Fruit pairing! For children inspired to write their own poetry – and Seigal certainly makes it look fun – there are useful tips and suggestions included too."
Review of Little Lemur Laughing www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
"I’m always excited to discover new poets and was delighted to receive a collection from rising star, Joshua Seigal. In fact there isn’t a single one that isn’t lots of fun to read aloud to younger primary children. I’d certainly recommend adding this to a KS1 or early years teacher’s collection and buy it for any youngster whom you want to turn on to poetry."
Review of Little Lemur Laughing www.jillbennett.wordpress.com
"I defy any teacher not to find something in this collection to excite and enthuse a whole class. Or a parent not to find something to please even the most reluctant of bedtime readers. It’s poems like these that ensure children just love poetry."
Review of Little Lemur Laughing www.poetryzone.co.uk
"Fun and engaging with plenty of child appeal, a great choice for schools to use in KS1 poetry"
Review of Little Lemur Laughing, The Bookseller
This is a fun collection of poems which opens with a springy definition of what a poem can be. From a navel-gazing boy to young Johnny who will only eat mangoes, it is laughter all the way."
Review of Little Lemur Laughing www.irishexaminer.com
This is a little gem of a poetry book, perfect for any household and school. Joshua Seigal is definitely my new favourite poet. Review of Little Lemur Laughing Books for Keeps
A great small book of poetry. The poems would work with children from reception up to year six. They are short and clever with a great sense of humour making them very accessible to all ages. More brilliance from the author of the very popular ‘I don’t like poetry’. Review of Little Lemur Laughing Bath Kids Literature Festival
"Can you stretch up high? Can you try to fly? These animals can do it, and so can you! Children will love acting out the movements in this fun and interactive picture book from award-winning poet Joshua Seigal and French illustrator Amélie Falière."
Review of Just Like Me! www.goodreads.com
"If this book doesn’t fill your nursery group with exhilaration, then nothing will. Perfect for letting off steam; but equally so for beginning readers."
Review of Just Like Me! www.jillbennett.wordpress.com
"This book is a riot...hilarious"
Review of Morris Wants More www.theschoolrun.com
"Thank you so much for coming to the Greenwich Book Festival on Saturday, June 16th. The kids in your session - including my two sons - absolutely loved it and found it totally inspirational and funny."
Greenwich Book Festival
"Joshua Seigal is exactly the kind of person to interest young children in poetry: performing without many of the assumed staples of successful children’s theatre, such as special effects or crude jokes, he nonetheless succeeds in gripping his small audience. Interactive enough to give the little ones something to do yet not so much that the parents felt bound to join in, Seigal’s poetry is gently amusing. With topics ranging from playground bullies to his own worst fear (an amusing twist) there is little opportunity for fidgeting or lost attention in this fast paced show"
(FOUR STARS) Three Weeks
"One can’t help but like Joshua Seigal. He is so full of bounce and yet completely unflappable, both key qualities when working as a children’s entertainer. For Seigal, showmanship appears to be less about putting on the same performance day after day and more about really getting to know his audience and adapt to their needs. He not only attempted to remember the names of every child in the sizeable crowd but also recognised one boy who came to see him the year before. This is a man who really cares, we sense."
(FOUR STARS) Broadway Baby
"His poems, which range from one on being "a warrior king" of the garden - "I don't take orders from anyone... until mum calls me in for dinner" - to others on a school bully, his dad and animals, are full of educational value and engaging silliness, plus great pay- off lines, which ensured that seven-year-old Emma in the second row and the little people nearby were not the only one in cascades of giggles. The grown-ups loved him too."
(FOUR STARS) www.thejc.com