Reader Reviewed A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen

A Great Big Cuddle

Written by Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Baby and Toddler   All Shortlists and Winners   3+ readers   Poetry    
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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the way they think is brilliantly captured in poems such as You Can’t See Me and Let Me Do It. There are also plenty of opportunities for the very young to join in with poems such as Tippy-Tappy and The Button Bop which they are guaranteed to want to hear again and again! Chris Riddell’s illustrations created an equally warm-hearted view of the early years and capture the spirit of the poems perfectly. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • James McNichol, age 5 - 'A beautiful way to introduce young children to poetry.'
  • Robyn and Sabrina Chorley, age 3 & 6 - 'A fantastic book, wonderful poetry and illustrations. A joy to read aloud.'
  • Tanya Thurling, Mum - 'This is a truly lovely book and the perfect way to get your little people into poetry and teach them all about rhyming words. A book for all the family. Thank you Lovereading.'


A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen

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.


Michael Rosen's close and affectionate observation of small children and the way they think is brilliantly captured [...]Chris Riddell's illustrations created an equally warm-hearted view of the early years and capture the spirit of the poems perfectly. * Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading * With repetition and jollity, this collection of short poems will provide hours of special shared moments. The illustrations are beautifully observed, too. * Baby London *

About the Author

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London.

Join Michael Rosen as he attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest reading lesson at 10am on Tues. 15 July. Watch below.

Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:

Most of my adult life, I've been a freelance writer, teacher (of sorts), journalist, performer and broadcaster. I visit schools doing my one-man show, and support Arsenal Football Club.

I have often written about my life and family, but I also write occasional fantasy (usually based in a real place) and non-fiction.

Things you didn't know about Michael Rosen
I wear size 12 shoes.
I like speaking French.
I'm an atheist.
I love mobile phones.
I love houmous.
I can't live without green warty pickled gherkins.
I hate racism.
My father was American.
I can slide my top lip one way and my bottom lip the other.
I can play the harmonica.

Photo credit Laurence Cendroicz

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80 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2017




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