The Walker Book of Classic Poetry and Poets by Michael Rosen

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Age 9+ This is an invaluable introduction to poets and poetry, with lively biographical sketches and fascinating notes written by Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, this is a classic collection to be read from cover to cover and back again or just dipped into from time.


The Walker Book of Classic Poetry and Poets by Michael Rosen

A sumptuously illustrated and acclaimed collection of some of the best-known and best-loved poems written in the English language. With over eighty of the most memorable poems written in the English language, the poets represented range from William Shakespeare to Carl Sandburg, Edward Lear to Emily Dickinson, Banjo Paterson to W. B. Yeats.


Thirty-eight poets, from Shakespeare to Judith Wright, are represented in this handsome, chronological collection... eclectic in its selection, this collection is an inviting, durable introduction to a broad range of poetry. School Library Journal A remarkable range of illustrations--evocative, humorous, strikingly graphic--accompanies favorite poems. Publishers Weekly This handsome edition introduces major poets through works accessible to young people ... few anthologies for this age group include such a fine selection of works from beyond the childhood classics, introduce the poets so vividly, or provide such a rich collection of haunting illustrations. Booklist

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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160 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

8th October 2001




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