• Mad, Bad & Dangerously Haddock
  • 7-12
  • Alasdair Bright
  • Lion
  • 9/1/2006
  • 9780745960210
  • $4.99

Mad, Bad & Dangerously Haddock

The Best of Andrew's poems for 7-12 from previous collections, anthologies, tv and radio over the last twenty years, with some new material. A wonderful selection of wild and wacky poems humourously illustrated by Alasdair Bright. Poems from this book have now been read on BBC Radio 3 Words and Music {Last Night I Saw The City Breathing} and selected for the New Oxford Book of Children's Verse {California Skatepark 1977}.

"Any child would like these poems"
Sunday Express 5 Star Review

"A highly original voice. Fusek Peters never fails to engage. This is a poet who doesn't duck from more serious issues {bullying, weapons of war, death}, but also delights in linguistic twists and turns. Often hard-hitting, sometimes accusingly gentle, here are poems that will touch the heart and prick the conscience. There's also much to entertain and amuse. A very good collection indeed."

"This collection of poems is as rich a mixture as a fruitcake - there is something for every taste. There is plenty of material to support literacy teaching in many ways - including lots of good ideas that children may use as models for their own writing. Several of the poems could provide starting points for discussion in other areas of the curriculum. 'My New School' for example, could inspire  an interesting discussion in a PHSE lesson and 'The Candle' is a gift to anyone teaching Christianity in RE. The poet is at his best when he is writing about his family, and a few poems {for example, 'Morning', 'Grandad', and 'My Brother the tree'} may prove quite difficult for an adult to read aloud. This collection will make an excellent addition to the primary library and KS2 classrooms for browsing, sharing and teaching poetry."
School Librarian

"Andrew Fusek Peters is amazingly prolific and has been editing, writing and generally spreading the word about poetry to children all over the country. He has a website ( and his work is read on the radio and in performance, as well as his great height, he has his juggling and digeridoo skills which he can deploy to enchant his audiences.

This collection, with its striking title, is a gathering together of poems from other books and is dedicated to the memory of the poet's brother. The poems which address his death, and Andrew's memories of their childhood together are moving and provide a layer of something darker and deeper than the other verses. The illustrations are delightful and add greatly to the reader's pleasure.

There are all kinds of poems here: haikus, rhyming verses, limericks and all sorts of styles and moods. It's a very good overview of the kind of thing Fusek Peters does best and will please his multitudes of fans."
Adele Geras, Armadillo Online

"A truly excellent anthology of poems for children. The poems are often thought-provoking and the author is unafraid to deal with serious subjects likely to be of real concern to young people, such as death; the torment of first love; seeking sanctuary from bullies; starting a new school and overhearing arguing parents. Each poem provides a hook for further discussion. I was particularly moved by “My Brother the tree”, which through a series of deceptively simple metaphors, describes how a brother has given love and support throughout life and even beyond death. It honestly moved me to tears.

Humour is never far away though, so a serious poem about deadly missiles, “screaming through the distant skies” is deftly followed by one about a slippery banana skin. My six year old son nearly died laughing over “A Pocket Full of Playtime”, which is a poem about the school day, to the tune of “Sing a Song of Sixpence”. I must admit that most of the hilarity arose from the final verse which goes:
“The head was in her office
Twiddling her toes,
When in came a naughty boy
Picking at his nose!”

Mr Fusek Peters seems to have an uncanny knack of being able to tap into what will amuse children or spark their interest. I read a poem called “Poem for the verbally confused” which starts “Got up. Boiled the bed/ Took a train downstairs/ Feeling live tired and with such a baking head” and didn’t really get it. But when my son picked it up and read it, he found the word play really funny and seriously fascinating (especially the line,“Killed my homework, which was very satisfying”.

This is an outstanding collection of poems and I would not hesitate to recommend it to children of 6 or 7 upwards and to parents and teachers too.
Families Online

"This is the first anthology of Andrew Fusek Peters (Britain’s tallest poet, apparently) that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The poems are often amusing and thought-provoking. They also contain many effective and quirky examples of plays on words. I love the way they deal with everyday experiences, turn the mundane into awesome whilst not being afraid to deal with some of the sadder, more poignant aspects of life. I shall definitely be keeping a copy in my bag to share with adults and older primary children alike."