Will You Be My Friend?
Will You Be My Friend?
‘an extraordinary anthology’
'Gabriel's children's verse is absolutely masterful, by turns hilarious, poignant, and always a joy to read aloud.'
—Donal Nolan, The Kerryman
'Some of the poems are sorrowful, while others are uplifting, but they can be enjoyed by everyone'
—Adam Shaw, The Irish World
'His poems cover all kinds of subjects from school to siblings, and the best, like 'Poems for Lonely', are thoughtful and poignant; but be warned, toilet humour does feature strongly.'
—Sarah Webb, The Independent
'A hugely entertaining collection from acclaimed Kerry poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice that gathers his most vibrant poems into one volume and triumphantly concludes with 26 new poems. Wee-wees in the bath . . . kissing on the telly . . . diarrhoea in the pool . . . Here is a poet who has enormous fun with words and is unflinching in his use of topics that will have children - and parents! - laughing right out loud. But where there is fun there is also buckets of heart. A feel-good read, highly recommended.'
— Enda Wyley
'An exceptional achievement, Gabriel's voice is original, humane, intimate, funny and moving.'
— Gyozo Ferencz
‘A hugely entertaining collection’ . . . that gathers [Gabriel’s] most vibrant poems into one volume and triumphantly concludes with twenty-six new poems’
‘guaranteed to delight pupils and teachers alike . . . the poems are sprinkled with wit and wisdom’
Will You Be My Friend? brings together over 100 of Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s best-loved poems chosen from his thirteen collections for children together with nearly thirty new poems. Enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart, the poems range from the silly to the serious, from the sad to the happy, from the naughty to the nice. Childhood, family, school, animals, the seasons and festivals of the year are all seen through the eyes of a child.
Gabriel Fitzmaurice is from the village of Moyvane in County Kerry. He taught in the local primary school for more than thirty years, before retiring in 2007. He is the author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish, as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry. He is Ireland’s best-selling, and best-loved, children’s poet.
‘A wonderful poet'
'The Irish A.A. Milne’
‘Fitzmaurice is the children's poet who, more than any other... strikes a true chord in the childlike heart’
—Eilís Ní Dhuibhne
‘[F]ull of real spontaneous fun'
'Silly poems and serious poems, nice poems and naughty poems, with numerous echoes of the real world of home, school, children and parents'
—Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
'Ireland's favourite poet for children'
—Claire Ranson, Best Books!
‘We are in the domain of a poet who understands exactly what children are interested in and the many dilemmas they face. As the poet himself says “If you can’t laugh or cry at these poems, you’re OLD!”. And he’s right’
—Enda Wyley, Recommended Reads 2012