How to be a Tiger and other poems feature in poet’s new book for children

11:25 09 February 2017

Poet George Szirtes at his home at Wymondham. Picture: Denise Bradley

Poet George Szirtes at his home at Wymondham. Picture: Denise Bradley


A tiger, a bear, monkeys and more feature in author George Szirtes’ new book of poems for children.

How to be a Tiger is the Wymondham-based author’s first collection for younger children, and is illustrated by Tim Archbold.

As well as the poem from which the book takes its name, others in the collection include The Cat and the Caterpillar, The Bear in the Bathroom, Apes and Monkeys and A Song for Captain Hook.

The book has been described as “perfect for young minds ready for adventures.”

Mr Szirtes, who was born in Hungary and teaches at the University of East Anglia, has previously won a number of prizes for his writing, including the T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection Reel, and the 2013 CLPE Prize for his children’s collection In the Land of the Giants.

His translations from Hungarian poetry, fiction and drama have also won numerous awards.

How to be a Tiger, published by Otter-Barry Books, costs £6.99 and is out now.


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