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Michael Rosen - Author

About the Author

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.

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Other books by Michael Rosen

The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who went missing during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.

I Am Angry

I Am Angry

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2021

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.

Something's Drastic

Something's Drastic

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A range of beautifully illustrated Michael Rosen's poems, including many of his classic works such as 'Down behind the dustbin'. The poems resonate with children's lives as they refer to everyday family life issues such as boredom on long car journeys. Many are appropriate for performance and can provide a framework for children's own writing. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type - Poetry book. A 'feelings wheel' on pages 30 and 31 encourages children to match phrases from the poems to feelings such as 'happy' and 'cross'. This encourages them to scan back through the poems and reflect on how they should be read aloud. Curriculum links - ICT: Combining text and graphics; Music: Play it again - Exploring rhythmic patterns.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2020

On the Move: Poems About Migration

On the Move: Poems About Migration

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Former Children's Laureates Michael Rosen and Sir Quentin Blake join forces for a personal and uniquely affecting collection of poems about migration. What you leave behind Won't leave your mind. But home is where you find it. Home is where you find it. Michael Rosen and Sir Quentin Blake join forces for a landmark new collection, focusing on migration and displacement. Michael's poems are divided into four: in the first series, he draws on his childhood as part of a first-generation Polish family living in London; in the second, on his perception of the War as a young boy; in the third, on his missing relatives and the Holocaust; and in the fourth, and final, on global experiences of migration. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is an anthology with a story to tell and a powerful point to make: You can only do something now.

Michael Rosen's Book of Play

Michael Rosen's Book of Play

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Today, we don't get nearly enough play in our lives. At school, kids are drilled on exams, while at home we're all glued to our phones and screens. Former children's laureate and bestselling author, Michael Rosen, is here to show us how to put this right - and why it matters so much for creativity, resilience and much more. Packed with silliness, activities and prompts for creative indoor and outdoor play for all ages - with specially illustrated pages for everything from doodling to word play and after-dinner games.

Macbeth United: A Football Tragedy

Macbeth United: A Football Tragedy

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

This season, get ready for a striking reimagining of William Shakespeare's classic tale, Macbeth. 12-year-old striker Macbeth has a promising talent on the field. He also has a burning desire to become captain of Shotfield football team, and he is prepared to do whatever it takes. Macbeth's hard-hearted mother also pushes him to succeed - getting ahead to get spotted by academy scouts, even if it means dirty tricks. So when the whistle blows for the big game, fair is foul and fouls are definitely fair! A back-of-the-net retelling of Shakespeare's classic play from bestselling author Michael Rosen, and artistic-genius, Tony Ross.

Honey for You, Honey for Me

Honey for You, Honey for Me

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

From Children's Laureates Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, the bestselling team behind A Great Big Cuddle, comes a first book of nursery rhymes. Flying pigs, wobbling plates of jelly and a giant who trembles whenever he meets a mouse: welcome to the topsy-turvy world of nursery rhymes. Inspired by his lifelong fascination with these peculiar poems, Michael Rosen has placed familiar playground songs alongside forgotten gems for a seminal new collection. Brought to vivid life by Chris Riddell's magnificent pictures, expect familiar faces, from little Jumping Joan to Miss Mary Mack - but also plenty of surprises... With forty rhymes to choose from, this book is sure to prove a bedtime favourite. Huggable and exuberant ... makes you want to smile and stomp to the rhythm. - The Sunday Times on A Great Big Cuddle

These Are The Hands

These Are The Hands

Author: Michael Rosen, Lemn Sissay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2020

Clever Cakes

Clever Cakes

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

It pays to be able to think on your feet, especially if you're about to be eaten alive or cheated out of a valuable prize! And in these hilarious comical adventures by storytelling legend Michael Rosen, two clever kids are more than a match for a hungry grizzly bear and a bored and arrogant king! Read along as two super-smart kids triumph in these perfectly packaged fairy tales with a twist ...

The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

***As heard on The Jeremy Vine Show*** ***As heard on The Cerys Matthews Show*** Michael Rosen is a master of pace and clarity... Essential reading. - The Times, Children's Book of the Week Five stars ... extraordinary and affecting. - The Telegraph, Children's Book of the Week Rosen handles the difficult topic as sensitively and thoughtfully as you would expect, always writing in a straightforward and accessible way for children. - BookTrust, the UK's largest reading charity A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who went missing during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust. Supported and checked by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. Fascinating, chilling and poignantly personal - Financial Times The Missing may ostensibly concern the Holocaust but, as Rosen makes clear, this is a book about facing down prejudice, defying those who would sow the seeds of hatred and opening our arms to those in need. - Independent

Reading For Pleasure

Reading For Pleasure

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Board book Release Date: 07/11/2019

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is available for the very youngest readers in a new in-the-page sound book. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement by pressing the buttons on each page to make the sounds as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. This interactive sound book version of the classic family favourite is a must-have for every young child's bookshelf!

Michael Rosen's Book of Play

Michael Rosen's Book of Play

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2019

When did you last make time for play? Today, we don't get nearly enough play in our lives. At school, kids are drilled on exams, while at home we're all glued to our phones and screens. Former children's laureate and bestselling author, Michael Rosen, is here to show us how to put this right - and why it matters so much for creativity, resilience and much more. Packed with silliness, activities and prompts for creative indoor and outdoor play for all ages - with specially illustrated pages for everything from doodling to word play and after-dinner games.

Wolfman

Wolfman

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2019

Wolfman is on the loose and he is raging and rampaging through town like a terror! Lamp-posts have been ripped up, paving slabs chewed - even the Army has gone into hiding! A hilarious and brilliantly accessible short story with a reading age of 6, designed to help severely struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Mr Mensh

Mr Mensh

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

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