There is simply no better way to welcome children into a world of reading than with poetry. We couldn’t be more delighted to present to you A Ticket to Kalamazoo! Written by James Carter and illustrated by Neal Layton.

This is a zippy and zany collection of 19 poems to read aloud features hilarious and characterful illustrations. In his signature comic style, Neal brings life and laughs to James' brilliant thought-provoking rhymes. 

One ticket will magically let you… ride on an elephant, stay in a bug hotel, travel by train boat and plane, mingle with bears and minibeasts – and even meet an alien! From poems about growing-up, to Aliens, soup and everything in between this will be a much requested favourite to share with audiences as large as an elephant or as small as a ladybird.


James Carter is an award-winning children’s poet, non-fiction writer and musician. An ambassador for National Poetry Day, he travels all over the UK and abroad with his melodica to give lively, action-packed poetry/music performances, workshops. Neal Layton is a multi-award-winning illustrator who has collaborated with the likes of Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen. Based on the south coast Neal is passionate about protecting the environment and delivering his message to the next generation with his fun-filled accessible books about conservation.

A Ticket to Kalamazoo is published this month by Otter-Barry Books you can grab a copy HERE. This is the second collaboration between Neal, James and Otter-Barry Books - check out the brilliant Weird, Wild & Wonderful HERE.

You can find Neal Layton on Twitter and Instagram, you can also view his fabulous online portfolio on our website HERE.

For more information regarding collaborating with Neal please email

Neal Layton - A Ticket to Kalamazoo