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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

  • Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: MVY2
    Other 5 years +
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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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  • Michael Rosen's Book of Play

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BOFP
    Hardback
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    Put down your devices and play!

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen shares ideas for screen-free fun for all ages in this brilliantly creative book. He explains why being silly and getting active is good for creativity, resilience and so much more and encourages you to let your worries drift away as you embrace the sheer joy of playing games and interacting with others.

    From doodling to word play and after-dinner games, Michael shares enticing ideas for indoor and outdoor fun.
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    How to Make Children Laugh

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: HMCL
    Hardback
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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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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Paperback

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: OXN2
    Paperback 3 years +
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AAYSI
    Paperback 6 years +
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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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  • Barking for Bagels

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AZR2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Shnipp the dog loves to play fetch with Julie and Lara in the park, but she doesn't love their annoying laughs. So one day she decides to run off. It's not long before Shnipp finds a new life with Bessie the Bagel Lady, eating delicious bagels every day. But when she decides to finally head home, she discovers things aren't exactly the same as when she left...
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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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  • Don't Forget Tiggs!

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AZN2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing about. They never stop! But that means they forget some rather important things - like eating ...and shopping ...and taking their son Harry to school! Thankfully, Tiggs the cat is around to remind them. But will anyone remember to give Tiggs his dinner?
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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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  • The Missing

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: CCYXY
    Hardback
    A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who "went missing" during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: APWBU
    Paperback 7 years +
    Malcolm is in all ways an ordinary ten-year-old. This is a perfectly ordinary story featuring one perfectly ordinary ten year old, his very bossy uncle, some baked beans, a school which tries to make interesting things BORING, the famed Italian city of Ponky, and a genie who appears when you rub your nose. It also includes lots of very useful facts, many of which are untrue.
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  • Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BYMYK
    Paperback
    What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict. It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially 'pure' culture. It takes an international perspective, and offers a range of views from people who have personal experience of migration, including the campaigners Meltem Avcil and Muzoon Almellehan, the comedian and actor Omid Djalili and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards, the book encourages readers to think for themselves about the issues involved. There is also a role-play activity asking readers to imagine themselves in the situation of having to decide whether to leave their homes and seek refuge in a new country. Part of the groundbreaking and important 'And Other Big Questions' series, which offers balanced and considered views on the big issues we face in the world we live in today. Other titles in the series include: What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? What is Feminism? Why do we need It? What is Gender? How does it Define us? What is Consent? Why is it Important? What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where do Values come from? What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? What is Politics? Why Should we Care?
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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AXJQU
    Hardback Toddlers
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    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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  • What Is Politics? Why Should we Care? And Other Big Questions

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: CBQEX
    Hardback
    Politics, in its widest sense, affects us all, every day. What if there were no politics? What would that look like? What does it mean to be political or non-political and what effect do each of these positions have? This book is a highly topical look at how politics affects everyone in society. It looks at the whole political spectrum, in countries around the world and examines what politics means in different contexts and situations. What forms can political action take, and what difference does it make? There are contributions from a range of writers, who, along with the authors, discuss how their ideas of what politics is and can do have been shaped by their life experiences. Readers are encouraged to think for themselves about the issues discussed and decide how or whether they would like to take part in politics at some level.
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  • Even My Ears are Smiling

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AJXYB
    Other
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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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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