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160 pages

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Michael Rosen
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd February 2009

ISBN

9781406317435

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Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection by Michael Rosen



Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection

Michael Rosen


Primary Age range - 7+ readers   Category - Children's Classics   Secondary Age range - 9+ readers   Category - Poetry    

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Julia Eccleshare's comment:

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.

 

To view other titles in the Walker Illustrated Classics series go to our Classics genre and click the Illustrated tab.

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Synopsis

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



Reviews

'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



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:

I grew up in the London suburb of Pinner, a place my parents often wondered about. How had we landed there? My parents were teachers, politically committed (socialists), and great storytellers and readers. I was lucky to have found them. 

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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