Why is it The roustabout Rooster, raging at the dawn Wakes us so early? A warrior king is on fire! His armour is all crooked daggers and scimitars And its shivering red-hot – with rage! First published in 1984, this book of prose-linked animal poems won both the Guardian Childrens Fiction Award and the Signal Poetry Award. This new, illustated edition remains a very beautiful book: God and his son go to visit mankind and ask a few simple questions . . . the poems are pure enchantment (The School Librarian).