It’s Poetry Friday and, for me, it marks the start of the second week of my Readalong , and time to introduce the second of my verse novels. First, though, thanks to everyone who took part in week one. From my lovely Poetry Friday friends who commented on last week’s post about Pearl Verses the World, to the many people who’ve commented on Instagram and Facebook and also to those just reading along on the sidelines. It is a joy to be in such good company every day, without leaving home. The post that drew the most reaction was the one comparing the two covers, which was discussed at length on Facebook, so it will be interesting to look later on this week at the THREE covers Toppling has had.
Speaking of Toppling, this week I’d love it, if you have a copy of Toppling to hand, if you would revisit it with me. But if you don’t have a copy, you can still join in and learn about the book. Toppling was released in Australia in 2010. Here’s the Aussie cover (I’ll show you the others later in the week, though you might catch a glimpse of the US cover in the book trailer below):
If you haven’t yet read the book (or even if you have) you might enjoy this trailer, made by amazing Librarian Julie Hembree:
It’s a little more professional than the one I made for Pearl Verses the World!
And, if you’d like a taste of the book, here I am reading Chapter One:
And, for Poetry Friday, here is a poem from that reading:
If you have a copy of Toppling, I’d love if you would reread it with me this week. If you don’t own a copy, it’s available from libraries and bookstores in three editions:
The Australian version, published by Walker Books Australia.
The US version, published by Candlewick.
And the UK version (with a different title, John & Dom), published by Walker UK.
(Note that while these links do go to online bookstores, our brick and mortar stores are really struggling at the moment, so if you are going to buy a book, and have access to a local bookstore (lots are delivering!), I urge you to shop there.)
Over the next week, I’m going to share more about Toppling – why and how I wrote it, a glimpse at those three different covers, and more. You can join in: if you have a copy of the book, or a memory to share, I’d love to see a post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (#toppling), or a comment here or on my Facebook page.
Want more poetry? Of course you do! Molly has this week’s Poetry Friday roundup this week at Nix the Comfort Zone. Pop over there to see all the other poetry goodness shared around the world – and to admire Molly’s bread!