A Whale of a Time: Funny Poems for Each Day of the Year (Hardcover)

A Whale of a Time: Funny Poems for Each Day of the Year By Lou Peacock, Matt Hunt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lou Peacock, Matt Hunt (Illustrator)
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A collection of 366 hilarious poems about animals, families, school, food, holidays, and much more!

From the creators behind the award-winning anthologies Sing a Song of Seasons and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, this rib-tickling illustrated anthology is filled with unforgettable classics and new discoveries, including poetry in translation. The spectacular range of poems for children includes work by 

  • John Agard
  • Maya Angelou
  • Brian Bilston
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Wendy Cope
  • Nikki Grimes
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Langston Hughes
  • Edward Lear
  • Ogden Nash
  • Linda Sue Park
  • Michael Rosen
  • Judith Viorst
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Jane Yolen
  • Benjamin Zephaniah
  • And many more!

Each poem is brought to life by Matt Hunt's comical and vibrant artwork. Whether shared out loud or read alone, this is the perfect book to bring a smile—every day of the year!

With a ribbon marker and glossy double-page spreads, this is the perfect gift for any occasion.

About the Author

Lou Peacock is lucky enough to have one of the best jobs in the world: "Publishing Director of Picture Books" at Nosy Crow. She has a degree in English Literature from Oxford University, and over twenty years' experience in children's publishing. She started her editorial career working on novelty books, but has focused on picture books and poetry for the last 15 years. She often puts her author hat on to write picture books for Nosy Crow and has a notebook full of scribbled ideas.


Matt Hunt was born in Redditch in Worcestershire, England, in 1988. Starting out as a fine artist, he graduated from the Birmingham School of Art, and from these roots, developed a love for children's illustration. Matt works in mixed media, utilizing paint, pens, crayons, and digital methods. He's influenced by old movies, classic illustration, cartoons, and books. He lives with his wife Hayley and two cats. 

Praise For…

Oh, the lucky child who hears a poem a day read aloud from this big book of joy.—Catherine Hong, New York Times Book Review

Readable and unusually capacious... [Matt] Hunt's cartoon illustrations, which feature a large and diverse cast of children in lively poses, add bright notes of energy and action to the spacious page layouts.
 —Kirkus Reviews

A balanced collection of poetry punctuated with vibrant mixed media art, this oversized selection reflects seasonal changes, as each section is collected by month for daily readings. Layouts showcase diverse, bold illustrations created by paint, pens, crayons, and digital. Hunt’s artistic interpretation of poetry, paired with Peacock’s selections per spread, offer an imaginative and brilliant twist to the limericks, haiku, free verse, odes, and other rhymes.—Rachel Zuffa, School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9798887770253
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English

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