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Michael Rosen - Author

About the Author

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.

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

Featured books by Michael Rosen

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

5+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Kevin Waldron, Kevin Waldron Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2018

When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . . CHOCOLATE CAKE! Ohhh! I LOVED 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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Centrally Heated Knickers

Centrally Heated Knickers

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Harry Horse Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Discover the weird and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen.

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What's So Special About Shakespeare?

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

Shakespeare’s writing was extraordinary four hundred years ago, and it’s still extraordinary today says Michael Rosen in this splendid and inspiring introduction to the bard. Rosen demonstrates to young people just why Shakespeare is still acted, read and quoted today and how his work still shapes our language and culture.  His enthusiasm is irresistible. Taking examples from Romeo and Juliet he shows how relevant the play still is to young people and explains – clearly and succinctly – how the action, characters and dramatic tension still affect modern audiences. There’s also fascinating information about Shakespeare’s life, times and schooling and about the first Globe Theatre, and this is one of the very best books to introduce children to Shakespeare. ~ Andrea Reece

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Fantastic Mr Dahl

Fantastic Mr Dahl

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Just how did Roald Dahl get into writing? Where did he get his ideas from? What ingredients in his life turned him into the kind of writer he was? Michael Rosen - poet, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate, comes up with some of the answers to these key questions in his lively biography of the world's Number1 storyteller. Full of stories and funny anecdotes from Roald Dahl's school days and family life, Michael Rosen's fascinating observations creates a vivid picture of one of the most famous writers of all time.

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Other books by Michael Rosen

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Book and Toy Gift Set

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Book and Toy Gift Set

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2022

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a modern classic and a much-loved family favourite. This brand new mini hardback edition with adorable soft toy bear is the perfect gift and an essential addition to every child's bookshelf. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For over thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. This new mini hardback gift edition with adorable soft toy bear 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!

Michael Rosen's Sticky McStickstick: The Friend Who Helped Me Walk Again

Michael Rosen's Sticky McStickstick: The Friend Who Helped Me Walk Again

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2022

A powerful and personal story from one of Britain's best-loved authors about his recovery from coronavirus. After being admitted to hospital in 2020 with coronavirus, Michael Rosen had to learn to walk again. With the support of doctors and nurses and a walking stick he names Sticky McStickstick , he manages to embark on the slow steps to recovery. This moving picture book from the former Children's Laureate, with illustrations from Tony Ross, tells a story of perseverance and hope, and is a testament to the importance of overcoming fear and learning to accept help.

I Am Angry

I Am Angry

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Robert Starling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2022

The first in a funny new series from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and rising star Robert Starling. This kitten may look cute and cuddly, but better beware: they're angry. Really angry. Angry, angry, angry! And this isn't any old angry . This is a jump-up-and-down, roll-on-the-ground kind of angry. This is a spider-scaring, tiger-scaring kind of angry. This is a burst-balloon-ing, SQUASH-THE-MOON-ING kind of angry... As surreal as things may get, this is also the kind of angry that parents of toddlers will recognize - a bad mood which comes out of nowhere, escalates wildly, then disappears as suddenly as it arrived. Based on the popular poem from A Great Big Cuddle, I Am Angry combines Michael Rosen's brilliant rhymes and anarchic imagination, Robert Starling's perfect knack for character and a reassuring message: anger may feel overpowering, but it doesn't last for ever.

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Polly Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2022

From two of the biggest names in children's publishing, this is an inspiring guide to wordplay for young readers, their parents and teachers. I'm ready for spaghetti Will you getti the spaghetti? Don't say, Not yetti spaghetti! 'cos I'm all setti for spaghetti. Fizzing with rhythm, energy and laughter, the 30 poems in Ready for Spaghetti delight in the details of children's daily routines. Up, up, uppity-up! , the first poem announces, while the artwork shows a child leaping out of bed, ready to begin their morning; Hush and a hush, soft and low , chants the final poem, as children snuggle under their blankets after their day's adventures. Full of affectionate observations of young children, which are beautifully continued in Polly Dunbar's warm-hearted pictures, Michael Rosen's poems are ideal for reading aloud with toddlers ... and many grown-ups will soon know them by heart!

Why do we need art? What do we gain by being creative? And other big questions

Why do we need art? What do we gain by being creative? And other big questions

Author: Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2022

A highly topical look at the role of art and the importance of creativity in our lives and the wider world. Art, in its widest sense, encompasses many different forms, from painting and poetry to dance, pottery and quilting and much else besides. Creativity is an essential part of what makes us human as well as being crucial for a range of disciplines in the world of work, including science, architecture and technological innovation. This book asks many questions relating to the importance of art in our lives, such as where is art and where does the impulse to make art come from? Who are artists? What is art for? Can art change anything? What use is the imagination and what is the point of daydreaming? It includes pieces from a range of contributors, including Kate Clanchy, Lemn Sissay, Preti Taneja and Andria Zafirakou, who write about their relationship with art and describe what being creative means to them and to others. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards. 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: Who are Refugees and Migrants? What makes people leave their homes? 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 Mental Health? Where does it come from? What is Politics? Why should we care?

Please Write Soon: The Unforgettable Story of Two Cousins in World War II

Please Write Soon: The Unforgettable Story of Two Cousins in World War II

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2022

Named Children's Book of the Week by The Times! Inspired by a true family story, Michael Rosen presents an astonishing account of perseverance, love and hope in wartime. Beginning in 1939, young Solly in London exchanges letters with his teenaged cousin, Bernie, in Poland. While Solly is evacuated and tries his best to adjust to life in the English countryside, Bernie's parents know that as Jews they're not safe staying in Warsaw, so they send Bernie to the Russian-occupied side of the country in the hope that he'll be safer there. Soon, though, he is arrested and sent off to a forced labour camp in Russia. As the cousins exchange sporadic letters, they try to keep their spirits up, trading jokes and observations about the world changing all around them. Then Bernie seizes the opportunity to join the Anders Army and fight the Axis powers, and tells Solly all about his experiences in Iraq and eventually Italy, where he fights alongside the British at the famous Battle of Monte Cassino. Does Bernie survive and find a safe place to call home? With breathtaking illustrations by beloved illustrator Michael Foreman, this is an unforgettable story of courage and love, perfect for the whole family to share. Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, known for his work as poet and author of classic books such as WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT. This book is a perfect companion to POPPY FIELD by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman. Together, the books are a wonderful introduction to the history of the great wars of the 20th century and the importance of Remembrance.

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