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A fun book of poems for the young and not so young. Written by Julie Anna Douglas and illustrated by Jools Wilson (alias Bears Get Crafty). Poems about pirates, tigers, ghosts and more are illustrated with maps, plans and cross sections. Explore words and pictures and create some of your own with the ‘Ideas’ page. ‘Directions through a fairytale..’ will be out later this month, and available to buy from our shop.

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Painting Poems, Colourful Poems to Inspire Creativity.

Written by Julie Anna Douglas. Illustrated by Jools Wilson.

A lovely poetry book full of colour and life and love. Suitable for all ages of adults and children.

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What they said:

Julie paints her poems with a magical pen and mystical ink. Through her words and Jools’ vibrant illustrations, I have seen the world in a new and beautiful light. This is a collection to set against the sky when the days are dark.
Dom Conlon – poet

Julie is a dear friend, parent and also Patron of Reading at St John’s Primary. I am delighted that everyone will now get to read Julie’s amazing poems that have sparked creativity and imagination in us for many years. Jools Wilson captures the poems
perfectly in her illustrations.
Martin Craig – deputy head teacher, St John’s Primary

A beautiful collection of poems that quietly celebrates the joys of nature, connection and love while whispering words of mysteryand magic.
Ian Eagleton – The Reading Realm

Julie has created a beautiful collection. Wonderful for poetry-loving children and a fabulous resource for teachers. Many of the poems would make great writing prompts too and there are some creativeideas to try at the end. With gorgeous illustrations from JoolsWilson it’s a must for families and classrooms everywhere.
Sue Hardy-Dawson, poet and illustrator

Julie Douglas’ poems are brimful of joy and humour. Her imagination knows no bounds. Most of all, her poetry is FUN – for adults and children alike.
Rebecca O’Connor – editor of The Caterpillar

Painting Poems’ is a real delight. Julie writes skillfully and imaginatively across a range of subjects resulting in poems that areby turn thoughtful and amusing. Personal favourites are ‘Recipe for
Cosmic Cupcakes’ & ‘Important Points to Consider when Choosing a Name for your Guinea Pig’. Jools’ illustrations complement the poems perfectly and there is a useful ideas section at the back of the book. Highly recommended.
Brian Moses – poet

These poems are all individually and collectively delicious, original and sizzle and chuckle in my mouth. The illustrations complement the textvery well, and I am already thinking about how I can use in my class some of the ideas covered at the end.Hugh O’Donnell – English teacher, Port Glasgow High School]

‘Painting Poems’ is a truly excellent debut poetry collection that not only sounds fantastic but looks fantastic too as all the poems and illustrations work in perfect partnership. I read it wishing I had
written it myself and I can’t recommend a book more highly than that!
Neal Zetter – poet

The title of this utter gem of a book says it all; ‘Painting Poems’ is where Julie’s delightful poems meet Jools’ gorgeous artwork, uniquely inspiring us to look at the world around us through our inners child’s eyes and let our imagination soar! With so much to discover and imagine on each page this joyful collection really lends itself to repeated reading and the ‘ideas’at the back are a great added bonus!
Yuval Zommer – author and illustrator