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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.


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Michael Rosen Books

  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BTNII
    Other
    Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt in this special anniversary edition of the much-loved family favourite. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. This new anniversary board book brings the story to life for a whole new generation of young readers. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and brave their way through the swirling, whirling snowstorm in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: ATGGD
    Hardback Toddlers
    A pocket-sized pop-up of the award-winning picture book classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
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  • Michael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BRYPR
    Paperback
    Let your imagination run riot and laughter fill your belly as you explore traditional poems, rhymes with a twist, and subversive playground favourites in this playful treasure chest of verse.
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  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AAYSI
    Paperback 6 years +
    (3)
    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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  • Chocolate Cake

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BOLLP
    Paperback 3 years +
    When I was a boy,I had a favourite treat.It was when my mum made . . .CHOCOLATE CAKE!Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake. Brought to life as a picture book for the first time with brilliant and characterful illustrations by Kevin Waldron.
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  • Fluff the Farting Fish

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BUAML
    Paperback
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    Elvie is desperate for a puppy that she can train up to do amazing tricks. But it's not a puppy Mum returns from the pet shop with, it's a fish. But Elvie doesn't give up. Determined to fulfill her dream of having a performing pet she trains up Fluff the fish. Fluff can't sit, she won't bark on command, but she does have a very special fishy talent all of her own . . .
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  • Quick, Let's Get Out of Here

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: APGNV
    Paperback 7 years +
    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

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: CBPCH
    Other
    For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is available for the very youngest readers in a new in-the-page sound book. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement by pressing the buttons on each page to make the sounds as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. This interactive sound book version of the classic family favourite is a must-have for every young child's bookshelf!
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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: CBLPJ
    Paperback
    (3)
    For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. 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!
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  • Bananas in My Ears

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: ACKUI
    Paperback 4 years +
    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.
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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AAJJL
    Other
    This is a delightful CD and paperback picture book edition of a much-loved classic! We're going on a bear hunt! Through the long wavy grass, the thick oozy mud and the swirling, whirling snowstorm - will we find a bear today? This is a perfect bedtime adventure for all aspiring explorers. It includes a CD of the story read by "Doctor Who" actress Sophie Aldred to listen to with the paperback picture book. "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" was the Winner of the 1989 Smarties Book Prize and was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. It sold over three and a half million copies worldwide!
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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: APGHV
    Hardback Toddlers
    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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  • You Wait Till I'm Older Than You!

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AUORU
    Paperback
    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA GET OFF, GET OFF, GET OFF! Well what would you say if your brother kept whacking you with a spoon, or the spider made it all the way up the toilet bowl or your mum made you wear that horrible shirt? Find out in this fantastically funny collection of poems all about growing up from the brilliant Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007 - 2009.
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  • Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BZMYC
    Paperback
    The third uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle Gobb return, each with a cunning plot ... This time, there is a plot. That's the plot of the story. Or is it? The plot of the story could also be that Uncle Gobb has an evil plot. And his plot is about a plot. A plot of land. Are you following? Good! The plot of land is behind Malcolm's school and it is where Uncle Gobb wants to set up his own rival Dread Shed School of Facts. Oh no! Malcolm is going to need to come up with his own plot to stop Uncle Gobb's plot. So maybe that, in fact, is the actual plot of this story. You'll just have to read this book to find out! A bonkers book about standing up for yourself, from two crazily creative people. Sure to delight fans of Andy Stanton and Tom Gates.
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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AXJQU
    Hardback Toddlers
    (3)
    Piece together the fun of the bear hunt in this delightful jigsaw version of the classic picture book. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For more than twenty years, readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favourite. 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! Now you can join in the fun with this interactive jigsaw book.
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  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AOYZA
    Hardback
    (1)
    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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  • Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BQYOU
    Paperback
    A riotous celebration of words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Melon Melon squashy, melon sloshy. My friend Helen's eating melon. So far, so good with Helen and her melon. But here's what I'm tellin' Helen: `Don't SIT on your melon, Helen!' Filled with colour illustrations and packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this collection will delight children of all ages. Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.
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  • Alphabetical

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AJOYE
    Paperback
    From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters for ever. How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our seven lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many, many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. So if you ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry, read on ...
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  • Michael Rosen's A-Z

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AADYA
    Paperback
    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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  • Wiggly Wiggly

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BRPJP
    Other
    Wiggle, jiggle and giggle along with this board-book of action rhymes, collected from A Great Big Cuddle. A board-book collection of action rhymes from not one but two Children's Laureates. Join a band of mischievous monkeys, tigers, lions, elephants and bears as they tippy-tap, boing-boing, wiggle-wiggle and wave hello - and goodbye! The most energetic poems from the award-winning anthology A Great Big Cuddle have found the perfect new home in this friendly format. Michael Rosen has adapted his rhymes so that even the very littlest readers can join in; Chris Riddell's vibrant, extraordinary pictures fizz off the page. Pairing two of the biggest names in the world of children's books, Wiggly Wiggly is a small book that contains a lot of action!
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  • The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: ALIMI
    Paperback
    Till Owlyglass (Till Eulenspiegel) is a boy who was special from the day he was baptised three times. But not in a good way. Not in a way his parents liked. He was always in trouble for his rudeness and practical jokes, and grew up to be the most outrageous trickster in Germany. Everyone told stories about him ...and they still do five centuries later. In this wickedly funny book, Michael Rosen retells the best of these traditional German tales, with pictures by Fritz Wegner which are perfectly in the spirit of the prankster's wild tricks.
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  • Wolfman

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AKCXZ
    Paperback 3 years +
    Wolfman has escaped! He is raging and rampaging around town, chewing up paving slabs and biting trees and generally being very terrifying indeed! Whatever can Wolfman want and who will be brave enough to ask...? Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.
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  • Snore!

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: ACKTT
    Paperback 5 years +
    All is quiet on the farm. The animals are fast asleep. Until Dog starts to snore! One by one, the other animals try to stop him: Sheep says Boo! the piglets giggle and Cat even tries to sing. But Dog snores on until morning, when, fresh as a daisy, he wakes up ready for a new day. By then, the other animals are so tired, all they can do is SNORE! This is a re-issue in a larger format and with a new cover, of the successful paperback, SNORE! It is companion title to OWW!!, also by Michael Rosen. Both books tell simple stories of life in the farmyard for children just ready for their first picturebook. Michael Rosen easy-to-read stories and poems, full of fun and drama are agelessly popular with both the youngest children and their parents.
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  • Choosing Crumble

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: ARKWJ
    Paperback
    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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