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I Am Hungry

Written by Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Robert Starling

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I Am Hungry Review

Cooking / Food Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Funny Poetry

Toddlers’ moods and idiosyncrasies absolutely nailed by this brilliant partnership

This is the second collaboration between Rosen and Starling, following the brilliant I Am Angry. Both take a poem from the award winning A Great Big Cuddle to give it new life as a picturebook and each poem really lends itself to a longer format with more opportunity for an illustrator to tell the story behind the poem and breathe life into the narrator. The bold colours and hugely expressive characters really grab the young reader’s attention, and the words are, of course, a joy to read-aloud. In an introduction the author tells us that when he is hungry, he likes to imagine all the things he might want to eat, and that often quite strange things pop into his mind and suggests this as an imaginative game to try at home. Certainly, this is what our very, very, hungry Squirrel does as his suggestions of what he could eat get increasingly bizarre. Young children delight in the absurd and have no fear of non-conformity and they also will recognise the feeling of being hungry being the most important thing in the world at that moment. A lovely book to inspire imaginative discussions in Reception and reflection upon their own younger selves!

Joy Court

I Am Hungry Synopsis

The second in a funny new series from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and rising star Robert Starling. Look out, this squirrel is HUNGRY. So hungry it could eat boiled rice, chocolate mice, a gingerbread man ... even a frying pan! Is there anything it WON'T eat?

A rollicking ride of increasing absurdity and imagination, this hilarious picture book captures the occasional outlandishness of toddler moods.

I Am Hungry Press Reviews

Featured in The Bookseller's January 2022 previews. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781406396669
Publication date: 06/01/2022
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406396669
Publication date: 6th January 2022
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Robert Starling
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Cooking / Food, Funny, Poetry

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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