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A Great Big Cuddle

Written by Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Featured Books for 3+ readers Poetry Poetry Books for Children

LoveReading View on A Great Big Cuddle

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 M.B.E

A Great Big Cuddle Synopsis

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.

A Great Big Cuddle 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.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406373462
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406343199
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406373462
Publication date: 1st October 2017
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Genres: Poetry, Poetry
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About 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. 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 ...

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