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Watcher of the Skies edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

Watcher of the Skies edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

After news of its launch at the weekend, we were excited to receive a copy of Watcher of the Skies which zoomed through the galaxy to One Giant Read HQ this morning, the latest publication by innovative independent publisher the Emma Press.

This collection of space, science and alien poetry certainly is special, a perfect read for younger Giant Readers who have curiosities about the skies above, the world around them or the little green men we know as aliens.

This is a book which truly has something for everyone. From poems considering BIG topics, perfect for quiet contemplation such as But How Big is the Universe? to those which are designed to be read and shared aloud: Comet (which simply must be heard – how will you respond to the challenge it sets?), there are hours of sharing, reading and discovering to be done through an exploration of the space themed poetic treasures contained in this collection.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a favourite, besides the ones already mentioned, as each poem has something uniquely joyful and simultaneously illuminating about it. It would seem that in this 115 page collection, every topic under the stars is covered and that is no mean feat. What is fascinating about this collection is the range of styles and voices incorporated. There are fantastic rhymes, visually experimental poems, deep thought, humour and a genuine love for space which shines through in every poem.

Added to this is the innovative and brilliant addition of notes by Rachel Cochrane (Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh) which turn these poems into catalysts and engines for learning about space, science and yes, aliens and here at One Giant Read we can think of nothing better.

This is a collection that well deserves a place on the shelves of any young science enthusiasts and which we’re sure will also bring adult readers plenty to discover and marvel at. A thoroughly recommended collection.

Watcher of the Skies was published on 1st October 2016 by The Emma Press.