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Michael Rosen

An author of over 140 books, Michael Rosen (born 7 may, 1946 in Harrow) is also a poet, performer, scriptwriter and broadcaster. The Children's Laureate between 2007 and 2009, he started his career as a graduate trainee at the BBC and published Mind your Own Business, his first book of poetry for children, in 1974.

Widely credited with bringing more contemporary poetry into the lives of children, he collaborated with illustrator Helen Oxenbury on the Nestle Smarties Book Prize-winning We're Going on a Bear Hunt in 1989. Michael gained an MA in children's literature in 1993 and now lives in London with his wife and children.



Michael Rosen Books

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    Award-winning children's classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen, has a perfect sing-song verse for plodding along to on a family walk.

    Learning the words off by heart should be compulsory for children and grown-ups! Helen Oxenbury's illustrations beautifully capture the obstacles of squelchy mud and splishy-splashy river.

    The fabulous text and pictures are totally in tune and this simple book will have young children returning to it again and again.
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    'We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too?'

    For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Presented here in board book form, it's a bear-illiant, rhyming story that children will absolutely love!

    Children will love to follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. But are they ready for the surprise that awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest?
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    Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy is a combination of two books of poetry written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

    Readers who love the dottiness of Quentin Blake's Mr Magnolia will be thrilled by this crazy collection, which comes complete with a CD in which Michael Rosen reads his poems. This is definitely a must-have collection of poetry for every youngster's bookshelf. From 5+.
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    We're Going on a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen knows better than most how to make children laugh and in this book he reveals his top tips so you can do the same.

    The former Children's Laureate talks about why practical jokes, pantomimes and poetry that doesn't make any sense delights children so much and reveals how you can take inspiration from this - not to mention belching, banana skins and bear hunts - to bring a smile to the faces of children close to you.
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    In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems to make everyone smile and laugh out loud. Children will delight in unraveling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse. Containing all the ingredients of Michael Rosen's poetry - humour, rhyme, repetition and wordplay. Covering all sorts of topics from football to Little Mary Anne who's made of elastic, to dinosaurs.
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    From Michael Rosen, best-loved children's author and creator of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, comes this quirky, sing-song tale of Little Rabbit Foo Foo.

    With wacky illustrations by Arthur Robins, the rhyming text bounces and bounds along as our hoodlum bunny wreaks havoc by bopping unsuspecting animals on the head. The Good Fairy is summoned to stop Little Rabbit Foo Foo but can she get through to the madcap bunny? Readers aged three and above will love this wild and wicked romp of a story!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    A very happy bear hears the sounds of the city from his quiet home by the sea and decides to find out what city life is like. Buying the ticket and travelling on the train is all very exciting. And so is the city! But after a while the bear finds the city a little too noisy and a little too busy - and people are beginning to laugh at him. He feels very sad and alone, until four children find him and show him the way home, with much fun along the way. A perfect book for reading aloud, with just the right amount of excitement before a wonderfully calming ending - just right for reading before bedtime!
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    These stories include the great myths - of Amen-Ra, who created all the creatures in the world; of Isis, seaching the waters for her dead husband Osiris; of the Bennu Bird and the Book of Thoth. But there are also tales told for pleasure about magic, treasure and adventure - even the first ever Cinderella story.
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    Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, We're Going on a Bear Hunt is one of the all-time classic picture books and this new format adds a new level of interaction to the family's hunt for a bear.

    Presented in hardback, each spread features a black and white illustration with a tab. Children can pull this tab and watch the images change colour and see the famous 'swishes', 'splashes' and 'squelches' finish off the previous page's sentence... of course, there's a surprise once they enter the cave, too.

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt is set to be this year's must-watch family show on Christmas Day TV so why not fall in love with the story and watch it magically transform with this incredible version.
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    We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more. Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round national treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.
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    Following the publication of bestselling Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy, Michael Rosen has followed up with a brilliant new book of poems that are funny, thought-provoking and always with Michael's immediately accessible and child-centred voice. The poems included are a mix of classic favourites and also many brand new poems. The cheeky, full-colour illustrations by much loved Babette Cole make the perfect partnership.
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    For 25 years, readers have chanted along with this award-winning favourite. Join in the fun with this jam-packed book full of puzzles, activities and stickers! Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this sticker book filled with engaging activities. Spot the difference, join the dots, matching pairs, bear hunts and more make this a perfect book to take on holiday or fill rainy days. You can even complete sticker jigsaws and play a bear hunt board game! Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations are as enchanting here as in the beloved original, and Michael Rosen's brilliantly rhythmic words provide the inspiration for every exciting activity. For all things bear hunt, visit jointhebearhunt.com
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    For 25 years, readers have chanted along with this award-winning favourite. Join in the fun with this colouring book featuring all the characters from the beloved story. Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this book filled with colouring scenes, plus lots of different activities that encourage imagination. Join the dots, colour by numbers and chances to invent your own creatures make this a perfect book to take on holiday or fill rainy days. You can even make your own bear ears to wear! Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations are as enchanting here as in the beloved original, and Michael Rosen's brilliantly rhythmic words provide the inspiration for every exciting activity. For all things bear hunt, visit jointhebearhunt.com
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    From Agard to Zephaniah, the very best of children's poetry from the very best of children's poets appears in this wonderful and exciting anthology edited by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate. Coinciding with his laureateship and a very welcome public promotion of the need for children's poetry in our education system, this future classic for Puffin will delight readers young and old, and make the perfect gift.
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    This is a heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. Very occasionally the term non-fiction has to stretch itself to accommodate a book that fits into no category at all. Michael Rosen's "Sad Book" is such a book. It chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects the art of making complicated feelings plain. It wasn't made like any other book either; Michael Rosen said of the text, 'I wrote it at a moment of extreme feeling and it went straight down onto the page...Quentin didn't illustrate it, he 'realized' it. He turned the text into a book and as a result showed me back to myself. No writer could ask and get more than that.' And Quentin Blake says that the picture of Michael 'being sad but trying to look happy' is the most difficult drawing he's ever done...'a moving experience'. Michael Rosen's "Sad Book", which has sold over 125,000 copies in hardback, won the Exceptional Book category at the English 4-11 Book Awards for the Best Books, the Smarties Book Prize 6-8 Category Bronze Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
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    Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the most remarkable way what it means to be very, very young. A child's world with all its details and feelings - toys and games, animals and made-up creatures, likes and dislikes - is vividly conjured up in the most memorable, playful language, and Chris Riddell has produced some his most extraordinary pictures ever to bring this world to life. It's a book that will be enjoyed by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child - and a future classic.

    Joint winner of the CLPE Children's Poetry Award 2016

    This book is longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017.
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    The yucky things your brother does, the annoying things your parents say, the funny things you feel. Michael Rosen knows all about You! Family life from the brilliant Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake.
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    We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite and now it can be read in three glorious dimensions in this incredible pop-up edition featuring seven full-page pop-ups. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! The award-winning classic brought to life as a pop-up adventure.
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    We're Going On a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell come together to showcase just how exciting poetry can be in this beautiful book.

    Michael's poems fizz off the page with sound, rhythm, energy and laughter while Chris' evocative illustrations have a warming, traditional feel that complements the flowing rhymes perfectly.

    Suitable for very young children, the poems focus on popular themes including children, toys, animals and made-up creatures and there is a universal appeal running throughout which makes this a book that will be returned to and enjoyed time and time again.
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    So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author Michael Rosen. Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful timeline.
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    On an ordinary morning, in an ordinary flat, an up-till-now perfectly ordinary Bertha does an extraordinary burp. A burp so extraordinary, it knocks things over. A burp so humongously big that very soon it's causing havoc in the school canteen, the playground, not to mention her grandad's apple trees...Such a burptastic secret cannot stay quiet for long. And soon enough it lands Bertha her very own celebrity stardom...but is it all just a lot of hot air?
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    When Terri-Lee goes to the pet-shop she thinks she'll be choosing a dog - she doesn't expect the dog to be choosing her! But Crumble is no ordinary pet and he's got a few questions to ask: How many walks will you take me on? Do you like to dance? Will you tickle me? I like that a lot. Will Terri-Lee's dance moves and answers be enough to convince Crumble that she could be his owner?
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    "Walker Illustrated Classics" is a new series which brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated by some of today's finest artists. These exquisitely designed books, with their magnificent words and glorious pictures, are a pleasure to read - and re-read. The classics have never looked so good!This title includes over eighty of the most memorable poems written in the English language, from William Blake's "The Tyger" to Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky". Selected by Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and accompanied by his lively biographical sketches and notes and Paul Howard's astonishingly varied illustrations, this is indeed a classic collection.
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    This is a comic collection of verse from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. From the chaos of breakfast and to the calm of bedtime, this quirky collection of nonsense poetry written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake is full of delightful moments. Read of the pleasures of messing about and the pains of feeling ill, of animal antics down at the doctor's and strange goings-on on the beach...All this and a trip on a flying bed too.