Sunday, March 25, 2018

Book Review: 'Peaceful Night Poetry' by Piaras O Cionnaoith

Irish author /poet Píaras Ó Cíonnaoíth has published many books - from children’s and adult poetry to books on anger management, genealogy, sexuality, food, stress and tracing Irish roots. Each of his books suggest this is a lad with a fine—tuned sense of humor. The superb illustrations are the work of Ciumac.

In his Introductory comments he states, ‘Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not. The best way to get your child engaged and make your household a literate home is to give your child something engaging, something to excite them, to make them want to read everything they can. What better way to do so than with a collection of poems that not only helps introduce them to the world of the written word, but also shows them the timeless art of poetry. Let them see that words are not only just to gather information but can be beautiful as well.’

And finding joy and a fresh look on imagination is what Piaras shares in this beautifully illustrated collection of rhyming poems. But let the works speak for themselves. The following is an excerpt:

The Kind Wizard

A long grey beard runs down to his tummy,
He carries a wand by his side,
A big pointy hat sits atop his head,
And he wears his blue robe with pride.

A wizard is he, full of good magic,
Helping those who are in need,
With the twitch of his wrist and a whispered word,
He can cast a spell with great speed!

The other day, there was a dwarf
Who was lost and alone in a storm.
The wizard came by and with a zap,
Sent the dwarf quickly back home!

If this wizard was a good friend of yours,
What would you ask him to do?
Fly to the moon or become a great king? I
I bet he would do it for you!

At book’s end Píaras adds ten tips for a good night’s sleep – create a routine, allow yourself time to relax, avoid technology, create a relaxing atmosphere, foods that help you sleep, foods to avoid, turn of the lights, watching the clock is like watching paint dry, keep fit and get moderate exercise, and drink warm milk!

It is a pleasure to encounter a poet who can hypnotize with children’s poems. Prepare for hours of joy! Grady Harp, March 18

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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