Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
Written by Michael Rosen
Part of the Walker Illustrated Classics Series
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Age 7+. Favourite classic poems are included in this hugely satisfying and handsomely illustrated collection. Among my favourites are the familiar nonsense of Edward Lear, Shelley’s mysterious and hauntingly beautiful Ozymandias and Edward Thomas’s Adlestrop. Others will find their own favourites. There is a useful glossary at the end as well as biographical sketches and notes on the poets by Michael Rosen.
It is part of the Walker Illustrated Classics, 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.
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Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection by Michael Rosen
Part of a series which brings together some of the best-loved stories, this title includes over eighty of the 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, accompanied by his lively biographical sketches and notes, this is a classic collection that is complemented brilliantly by some fine illustrations by Paul Howard.
A word from the illustrator Paul Howard:
'The idea of illustrating 'classic poetry' terrified me at first - but to my great surprise this worked in my favour and I found myself embarking on a fantastic voyage of discovery. I found myself drawing, painting, doing lino-cuts, mono-prints and pastels and when I was battling to understand some of the poems Michael Rosen would read them to me aloud. Listening to him was like clearing a misty window and letting the sun pour in.'
A word from Michael Rosen:
This is a book of classic poetry, which is a way of saying that you'll meet here poems that have lasted for many years, sometimes several hundreds of years. In that time they have remained popular; they've gone on mattering to people; many people have thought they said things in a memorable way.'
Twelve large format classic children's books illustrated by today's finest artists will be published this year, perfect for building the definitive children's classic library:
The Wind in the Willows - January
Classic Poetry - February
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - March
The Secret Garden - April
The Jungle Book - May
Alice through the Looking Glass - June
Moby-Dick - July
Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - August
A Christmas Carol - September
Classic Fairy Tales - October
Gulliver's Travels - November
Pinocchio - December
'page after beautifully designed page, it offers a fresh, personal choice of poems that have gone on 'mattering to people'.' Times Educational Supplement
'Sensitively illustrated by Paul Howard, this is a glorious book for every child to grow up with.' Guardian
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