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In the tradition of the great and enduring writers for children, Carol Ann Duffy creates a living and breathing world, imaginatively self-sufficient, yet recognisable as one that hovers at the edges of our dreams and nightmares. In her second collection for children, we are trained by the oldest girl in the world to be alert to every one of our senses; meet, among others, a bad princess and a king of snide; discover spells to get rid of unwanted pests; and learn that, in a world where transformation is a way of life, what we want is t always what we get.
Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow and grew up in Stafford. She won the 1993 Whitbread Award for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best Collection for Mean Time. The World's Wife received the E. M. Forster Award in America, while Rapture won the T. S. Eliot Prize 2005. She is currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her most recent volumes are New and Collected Poems for Children (2009) and The Bees (2011), which won the Costa Poetry Award. She is Poet Laureate.