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Books

Brian Patten has written over fifty poetry books for both Adults and children. With the exception of some of his earlier work, all are currently available.

Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he chooses not to skip any of the gore of Beowulf’s fights with the monster Grendel and his even more terrifying mother, but it’s lightened with touches of humour and poignancy. ……Storytelling of this quality is rare, and while the book is ostensibly for younger readers, this is a wonderful introduction to Beowulf for anyone, whatever their age. Monster Slayer
Barrington Stoke Books
ISBN:  978-1-78112-548-9
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" Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose... he chooses not to skip any of the gore of Beowulf’s fights with the monster Grendel and his even more terrifying mother, but it’s lightened with touches of humour and poignancy...
..Storytelling of this quality is rare, and while the book is ostensibly for younger readers, this is a wonderful introduction to Beowulf for anyone, whatever their age.
The Lovereading4Kids

Can I Come Too Can I Come Too?
Anderson Press May 2013
ISBN-10 1849396264`
ISBN-13 978-1849396264
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An ideal picture book for reading to young children. Beautifully illustrated by Nicola Bayley. A tiny mouse decides it wants a big adventure and sets off to find the largest creature in the world.

“Sheer delight!” Sunday Times “A truly lovely book!”Independent on Sunday

Thawing Frozen Frogs Thawing Frozen Frogs 
Francis Lincoln Children’s Books, 2012
ISBN-10: 1847802699
ISBN-13: 978-1847802699
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The Big Snuggle-up The Big Snuggle-up
Andersen Press 2011
ISBN-10: 1849392080
ISBN-13: 978-1849392082
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'A perfect bedtime story, with a difference... simply gorgeous.'
Early Years Educator

'The beautiful and detailed pictures and the rhyming text will make this a pleasure to read aloud to a small child. A delightful choice.' The Spectator, Best Children's Books for Christmas
Jumping Mouse  Jumping Mouse 
Hawthorn Children's Classics, 2010
ISBN-10: 1903458994
ISBN-13: 978-1903458990
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"A small masterpiece"
Charles Causley

Originally published 1972 by Allen and Unwin

The Most Impossible Parents The Most Impossible Parents
Walker Racing Reads 2010
ISBN-10: 1406321869
ISBN-13: 978-1406321869
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“Very funny and very readable.” - The Sunday Telegraph

"The best of the Impossible Parents and the funniest. Perfect for children beginning to read alone"

A Gallery To Play To: Phil Bowen A Gallery to Play to
Liverpool University Press, 2008
ISBN-10: 184631125X
ISBN-13: 978-1846311253
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This is the story of Henri, McGough and Patten, the Liverpool poets.
“Highly enjoyable, accurately descriptive and very well researched” George Melly

“Gives a real sense of real people and their and our recent poetic roots. Also it’s a good gossipy read”
Matt Holland, The Poetry Review.

Collected Love Poems The Collected Love Poems
Harper Perennial 2007
ISBN-10: 0007246498
ISBN-13: 978-0007246496
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‘Patten composes rhapsodies and lamentations to the terrible beauty of human love.’ Literary Review

‘The master-poet of his genre, the one one continually and successfully to ring true.’ Tribune

Selected Poems

Selected Poems
Penguin Books 2007
ISBN-10: 0141027134
ISBN-13: 978-0141027135
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'A magical ability to turn radiant imagination loose' The Times

The Story Giant The Story Giant, illustrated by Chris Riddell 
Collins 2003
ISBN-10: 0007119437
ISBN-13: 978-0007119431
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Every child in the land should be given this book, a true gift book if ever there was one! Fiona Waters: Books for Keeps

This extraordinary book, is packed with dreams, magic and stories, and comes with evocative line drawings from Chris Riddell. Wendy Cooling, The Bookseller

Ben's Gian telescope Ben's Magic Telescope 
Puffin, 2003
ISBN-10: 0140568077
ISBN-13: 978-0140568073
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The Story Giant The Story Giant 
Flamingo, 2001
ISBN-10: 0007119445
ISBN-13: 978-0007119448
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"a wonderful variation on The Arabian Nights and a book that can be used for many age groups" Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Patten's poetic multi-layered narrative offers a thoughtful child an exploration of the meaning of fiction, along with some outlook-changing stories. Independent

The Walker Book of Funny Stories The Walker Book of Funny Stories 
Walker, 2000
ISBN-10: 074457739X
ISBN-13: 978-0744577396
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The IMpossoble Parents Go Green The Impossible Parents Go Green 
Walker, 2000
ISBN-10: 0744559545
ISBN-13: 978-0744559545
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"...a pacy, funny little book, ideal for young readers who like to get to grips with a book that is not only enjoyable, but also brings environmental issues very much to the fore." Susan Harrison

Little Hotchpotch Little Hotchpotch  Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2000
ISBN-10: 0747546592
ISBN-13: 978-0747546597
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As Little Hotchpotch goes in search of his roots, the reader is treated to a gloriously colourful and somewhat surreal treat that instantly captures the imagination. This will, without a doubt, become an all time favourite for any small child.
Susan Harrison

Juggling with Gerbils Juggling with Gerbils 
Puffin, 2000
ISBN-10: 0141304782
ISBN-13: 978-0141304786
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A great collection of poetry, wide-ranging in both form and subject matter. Full of Brian Patten's wonderful wit and moments of beauty
The Puffin Twentieth-Century Colection of Verse The Puffin Twentieth-Century Collection of Verse (editor) 
Puffin, 1999
ISBN-10: 0670885223
ISBN-13: 978-0670885220
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The Blue and Green Ark: An Alphabet for Planet Earth The Blue and Green Ark: An Alphabet for Planet Earth 
Scholastic Press, 1999
ISBN-10: 0439079691
ISBN-13: 978-0439079693
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A timely book by Brian Patten on the wonder and fragility of planet Earth and beautifully illustrated.
Five Finger-Piglets Five Finger-Piglets: Poems (with Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy, Gareth Owen and Roger McGough) 
Macmillan Children's Books, 1999
ISBN-10: 0333712633
ISBN-13: 978-0333712634
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There's something for every taste and every mood here, ("The Going Pains", "The Kleptomaniac", "Life as a Sheep"), and whether they are three lines or three pages long the poems all tickle the imagination and delight the mind. Tamsin Palmer
Beowulf and the Monster Beowulf and the Monster Scholastic Hippo, 1999
ISBN-10: 0590196855
ISBN-13: 978-0590196857
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The Puffin Book of Utterly Briliant Poetry The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry (editor) Puffin, 1998
ISBN-10: 0140384219
ISBN-13: 978-0140384215
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A wonderful high-quality selection sure to fire children's imaginations
Mouse Poems Mouse Poems Scholastic, 1998
ISBN-10: 0590195476
ISBN-13: 978-0590195478
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Another day on your Foot and I would have Died

Another Day on Your Foot and I Would Have Died 
Macmillan Children's Books, 1997
ISBN-10: 0330340484
ISBN-13: 978-0330340489
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...with John Agard, Wendy Cope, Roger McGough and Adrian Mitchell
Armada Armada 
Flamingo, 1996
ISBN-10: 0007333757
ISBN-13: 978-0007333752
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Storm Damage Storm Damage 
Flamingo, 1995
ISBN-10: 0006547702
ISBN-13: 978-0006547709
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Utter Nutters The Utter Nutters 
Viking Children's Books, 1994
ISBN-10: 067085509X
ISBN-13: 978-0670855094
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Impossible Parents Impossible Parents Walker, 1994
ISBN-10: 1406306134
ISBN-13: 978-1406306132
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The Magic Bycycle The Magical Bicycle 
Walker, 1993
ISBN-10: 0744536510
ISBN-13: 978-0744536515
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Grizelda Frizzle Grizelda Frizzle and Other Stories Viking, 1992
ISBN-10: 0140349448
ISBN-13: 978-0140349443
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The Puffin Book of Twentieth Century Children's Verse The Puffin Book of Twentieth Century Children's Verse (editor) 
Viking Children's Books (revised Puffin, 1999), 1991
ISBN-10: 0141321881
ISBN-13: 978-0141321882
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Thawing Frozen Frogs Thawing Frozen Frogs 
Viking Children's, 1990
ISBN-10: 1847802699
ISBN-13: 978-1847802699
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Republished in 2010 by Francis Lincoln Children’s Books
Portable Poets Puffin Portable Poets (with Roger McGough and Kit Wright) 
Puffin, 1990
ISBN-10: 0140344306
ISBN-13: 978-0140344301
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Grinning Jack Grinning Jack: Selected Poems 
Unwin, 1990
ISBN-10: 0006548466
ISBN-13: 978-0006548461
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A Year of Mouse Poems

A Year of Mouse Poems 
Scholastic, 1990
ISBN-10: 0590114093
ISBN-13: 978-0590114097
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Storm Damage Storm Damage 
Unwin Hyman, 1988
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Jimmy Tag-Along Jimmy Tag-along 
Kestrel, 1988
ISBN-10: 0140369856
ISBN-13: 978-0140369854
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garging with Jelly

Gargling with Jelly: A Collection of Poems Kestrel, 1985
ISBN-10: 0141316500
ISBN-13: 978-0141316505
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New Volume: The Penguin Poets New Volume: The Penguin Poets (with Roger McGough and Adrian Henri) Penguin, 1983
ISBN-10: 0140423192
ISBN-13: 978-0140423198
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Love Poems Love Poems 
Allen and Unwin, 1981
ISBN-10: 0586092056
ISBN-13: 978-0586092057
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Gansters, Ghosts and Dragon Fllies Gangsters, Ghosts and Dragon Flies: A Book of Story Poems (editor) Allen and Unwin, 1981
ISBN-10: 033032506X
ISBN-13: 978-0330325066
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Clare's Countryside Clare's Countryside: A Book on John Clare (introduced by Brian Patten) Heinemann, 1981
ISBN-10: 0434980137
ISBN-13: 978-0434980130
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Grave Gossip Grave Gossip 
Allen and Unwin, 1979
 
The Sly Cormorant and the Fishes The Sly Cormorant and the Fishes: New Adaptations intro Poetry of the Aesop Fables Kestrel, 1977
ISBN-10: 0722653603
ISBN-13: 978-0722653609
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Vanishing Trick  Vanishing Trick 
Allen and Unwin, 1976
ISBN-10: 0048210382
ISBN-13: 978-0048210388
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Emma's Doll Emma's Doll 
Allen and Unwin, 1976
ISBN-10: 0140562451
ISBN-13: 978-0140562453
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Mr. Moon's Last Case  Mr. Moon's Last Case 
Allen and Unwin, 1975
ISBN-10: 0140327142
ISBN-13: 978-0140327144
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The Unreliable Nightingale The Unreliable Nightingale 
Rota, 1973
ISBN-10: 0854000135
ISBN-13: 978-0854000135
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The House that Jack built The House That Jack Built: Poems for Shelter (co-editor with Pat Krett) 
Allen and Unwin, 1973
ISBN-10: 0048080144
ISBN-13: 978-0048080141
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no image available Manchild 
Covent Garden Press, 1973
 
Jumping Mouse  Jumping Mouse 
Allen and Unwin, 1972
ISBN-10: 1903458994
ISBN-13: 978-1903458990
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Republished in 2010 by Hawthorn Children's Classics
And Sometimes it Happens

And Sometimes it Happens 
Steam Press, 1972

 
no image available Evening 
Poem of the Month Club, 1972
 
no image available When You Wake Tomorrow 
Turret Books, 1971
 
The Irrelevant Song The Irrelevant Song (revised edition, 1975) 
Allen and Unwin, 1971
ISBN-10: 0048210463
ISBN-13: 978-0048210463
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The Elephant and the Flower The Elephant and the Flower: Almost-Fables 
Allen and Unwin, 1970
ISBN-10: 0048230928
ISBN-13: 978-0048230928
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Hurrying Man: brian Patten Notes to the Hurrying Man: Poems, Winter '66-Summer '68 
Allen and Unwin, 1969
 
The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten)Penguin (revised edition, 2010), 1967
ISBN-10: 0141189266
ISBN-13: 978-0141189260
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The Liverpool Scene The Liverpool Scene (contributor) Donald Carroll, 1967
ASIN: B0006BSGKY
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Little Johnny's Confession Little Johnny's Confession 
Allen and Unwin, 1967
ISBN-10: 0048210137
ISBN-13: 978-0048210135
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