Books by Carol Ann Duffy

THE GIFT by Carol Ann Duffy
by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"While the story might be more for adults than children, younger readers will love the exquisite images, time and again. (Picture book. 6-12)"
The United Kingdom's poet laureate offers a quiet but powerful musing on the circle of life and the arc of art, married to the precise loveliness of Ryan's papercuts. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"There is little here for a child reader to hang onto; although initially beautiful, this tale is ultimately as warming as one of the stranger's blankets. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An original fairy tale with more style than substance tells of a princess who is always cold. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2000

"More often, however, the pairings are only obfuscatory and puzzling; the collection's scattered points of interest cannot redeem its wider failures."
Oddly surprised and invigorated by the discovery that "no anthology had focused on the theme of time in poetry," Duffy has attempted to shore up the gap, gathering a collection of poems by 50 contemporary poets (English, Irish and Scottish), in which each was invited to submit his own favorite poem on the topic. Read full book review >
THE WORLD'S WIFE by Carol Ann Duffy
Released: April 1, 2000

"For lovers of myth, or just a good tell, this dark and darkly comic volume has much to offer."
In her fifth volume of poetry, British poet Duffy presents to us the world of the liminal wife. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1996

"Fans of Duffy's earlier I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine (1994) will be equally satisfied with this collection. (index) (Poetry. 11+)"
A fine, imported anthology, subtitled ``Poems About Death and Loss,'' of simple but sophisticated poems about the mystery, grief, fear, and occasional gallows humor that surround death. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Duffy's clever, angular little line drawings match the dominant aesthetic exactly. (Poetry. 14+)"
Eighty-five short poems by women, many of them British but including such American luminaries as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Nikki Giovanni, mostly on facets of women's experiences as daughters, students, lovers, workers, wives, and mothers (relationships are absent from very few of these poems). Read full book review >