‘Peculiar Pets’ poems by Wave pupils published in new national poetry book

Poems written by four primary aged pupils from Wave’s Penwith Academy have been published in a new book after impressing judges in the national Young Writers ‘Peculiar Pets’ poetry competition. 

The poems, which feature a husky dog who looks like a giraffe, a mole with a beautiful soul, a pet rabbit who likes going for walks and an energised deer, were penned by Rylan Gartside, Liam Denton, Oakley Chilcott and Tommi Bryant after the young writers discovered a love for poetry in their English class.

“The boys were reading poetry as part of their English lessons when they discovered they had a real love for the subject” said Key Stage 2 teacher Angela Little.  “Then, when we received details of the Peculiar Pet’s poetry competition, it only seemed sensible for them to have a go”.

“They have made me so proud of them and now also have the pride within themselves to continue to enjoy the written word”. 

Eight year-old Liam Denton chose to write his poem about a mole who lives in a hole with a beautiful soul.

The Mole

The talented young writer is thrilled to see his work in print.  "I loved writing the poetry and love seeing it in the book” he said.  “I now have a book at home to show everyone”.

Nine year-old Rylan’s poem was inspired by a day in the life of a husky dog. Hugo, who looks like a giraffe, enjoys baths, playing, sleeping and eating sheep!.

      A Day in the Life of a Dog                                                                                 

For nine year-old Oakley it was the thought of taking a cute black and white rabbit called Snowy for a walk which inspired him to put pen to paper and create his poem. 


The fourth Penwith Academy pupil to have his work featured in the Peculiar Pets book is nine- year old Tommi who chose to write an acrostic about Ellie the deer.

 Ellie the Deer                                                                             

"I found it tricky at first” said Tommi “but then realised how easy and fun acrostic poems are”.

As well as creating their own individual Peculiar Pets poems, the four young poets also worked together to write a poem about what happens during a year, with each pupil writing about two months.


"I was absolutely bowled over by the passion they found for their poetry” said teacher Katy,  “they put all us adults to shame with their abilities”.


The Young Writers Peculiar Pets poetry competition was open to pupils between the ages of 7 and 11. Copies of the poems written by the young Wave poets, together with others selected by the judges, are available to read on the Young Writers website https://youngwritersusa.com/contests/peculiar-pets/