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.

Featured books by Michael Rosen

Other books by Michael Rosen

Workers' Tales Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain

Workers' Tales Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2018

A collection of political tales--first published in British workers' magazines--selected and introduced by acclaimed critic and author Michael Rosen In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, unique tales inspired by traditional literary forms appeared frequently in socialist-leaning British periodicals, such as the Clarion, Labour Leader, and Social Democrat. Based on familiar genres--the fairy tale, fable, allegory, parable, and moral tale--and penned by a range of lesser-known and celebrated authors, including Schalom Asch, Charles Allen Clarke, Frederick James Gould, and William Morris, these stories were meant to entertain readers of all ages--and some challenged the conventional values promoted in children's literature for the middle class. In Workers' Tales, acclaimed critic and author Michael Rosen brings together more than forty of the best and most enduring examples of these stories in one beautiful volume. Throughout, the tales in this collection exemplify themes and ideas related to work and the class system, sometimes in wish-fulfilling ways. In Tom Hickathrift, a little, poor person gets the better of a gigantic, wealthy one. In The Man Without a Heart, a man learns about the value of basic labor after testing out more privileged lives. And in The Political Economist and the Flowers, two contrasting gardeners highlight the cold heart of Darwinian competition. Rosen's informative introduction describes how such tales advocated for contemporary progressive causes and countered the dominant celebration of Britain's imperial values. The book includes archival illustrations, biographical notes about the writers, and details about the periodicals where the tales first appeared. Provocative and enlightening, Workers' Tales presents voices of resistance that are more relevant than ever before.

Hampstead the Hamster

Hampstead the Hamster

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Christmas is coming, and what Leo wants more than anything in the world is a pet hamster. And guess what? He gets one on Christmas morning! Leo names his new pet Hampstead, after an autocorrect mistake on his wishlist. Everything is great, that is until Leo realises that Hampstead is miserable. What can Leo do to cheer Hampstead up?

Michael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems

Michael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Let your imagination run riot and laughter fill your belly as you explore traditional poems, rhymes with a twist, and subversive playground favourites in this playful treasure chest of verse.

Bah! Humbug!

Bah! Humbug!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of A Christmas Carol , the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it's likely his father won't stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story's message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father's distracted heart?

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2018

In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave the Party. Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to march against the bomb at Aldermaston, writing and performing in experimental political theatre and getting arrested during the 1968 movements. An audio version of this book, read by the author, is available at: https://www.audible.co.uk

Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot

Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The third uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle Gobb return, each with a cunning plot ... This time, there is a plot. That's the plot of the story. Or is it? The plot of the story could also be that Uncle Gobb has an evil plot. And his plot is about a plot. A plot of land. Are you following? Good! The plot of land is behind Malcolm's school and it is where Uncle Gobb wants to set up his own rival Dread Shed School of Facts. Oh no! Malcolm is going to need to come up with his own plot to stop Uncle Gobb's plot. So maybe that, in fact, is the actual plot of this story. You'll just have to read this book to find out! A bonkers book about standing up for yourself, from two crazily creative people. Sure to delight fans of Andy Stanton and Tom Gates.

An Unexpected Twist

An Unexpected Twist

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

An original story by Michael Rosen, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist. Shona and her dad are moving house, and at Shona's new school, the rules are pretty confusing; she keeps getting into trouble without realizing! After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there's something fishy about the new boys she's met. Some gifts, she comes to learn, aren't exactly free...

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A riotous celebration of words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Melon Melon squashy, melon sloshy. My friend Helen's eating melon. So far, so good with Helen and her melon. But here's what I'm tellin' Helen: `Don't SIT on your melon, Helen!' Filled with colour illustrations and packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this collection will delight children of all ages. Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.

'Dyn Ni yn Mynd i Hela Arth

'Dyn Ni yn Mynd i Hela Arth

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2018

Something's Drastic Band 12/Copper

Something's Drastic Band 12/Copper

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

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.

Wiggly Wiggly Playtime Rhymes

Wiggly Wiggly Playtime Rhymes

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Board book Release Date: 02/08/2018

Wiggle, jiggle and giggle along with this board-book of action rhymes, collected from A Great Big Cuddle. A board-book collection of action rhymes from not one but two Children's Laureates. Join a band of mischievous monkeys, tigers, lions, elephants and bears as they tippy-tap, boing-boing, wiggle-wiggle and wave hello - and goodbye! The most energetic poems from the award-winning anthology A Great Big Cuddle have found the perfect new home in this friendly format. Michael Rosen has adapted his rhymes so that even the very littlest readers can join in; Chris Riddell's vibrant, extraordinary pictures fizz off the page. Pairing two of the biggest names in the world of children's books, Wiggly Wiggly is a small book that contains a lot of action!

Dignity its History and Meaning

Dignity its History and Meaning

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2018

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Combining conceptual precision with a broad historical background, Michael Rosen puts these controversies in context and offers a novel, constructive proposal. Penetrating and sprightly...Rosen rightly emphasizes the centrality of Catholicism in the modern history of human dignity. His command of the history is impressive...Rosen is a wonderful guide to the recent German constitutional thinking about human dignity...[Rosen] is in general an urbane and witty companion, achieving his aim of accessibly written philosophy. --Samuel Moyn, The Nation [An] elegant, interesting and lucid exploration of the concept of dignity...Drawing on classical, liberal and Catholic traditions, Rosen hopes to rehabilitate dignity to its rightful place near the centre of moral thought...Rosen's admirable book deserves wide attention from political theorists, jurisprudes and political philosophers. --Simon Blackburn, Times Higher Education Dignity deserves to be widely read, not only for its intrinsic interest, but also as a corrective to the habit of discussing such topics in abstraction from their social context. Whether or not one agrees with Rosen's arguments, there can be no doubt he has widened our horizons. --Rae Langton, Times Literary Supplement

How to Make Children Laugh

How to Make Children Laugh

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'A WORK OF GENIUS' - Chris Evans Jokes, a jack-in-the-box, jelly and jumping beans make children laugh. As do practical jokes, peekaboo, pantomine and poetry that makes no sense. Why and how does this work? And why does it matter? Writer and Professor of Children's Literature Michael Rosen, whose books - from We're Going on a Bear Hunt to Chocolate Cake - have made millions of children rock with laughter, gives us the tools for this greatest of gifts.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Author: Michael Rosen 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. Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake. Brought to life as a picture book for the first time with brilliant and characterful illustrations by Kevin Waldron.

What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From? And Other Big Questions

What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From? And Other Big Questions

Author: Michael Rosen, Ms Annemarie Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Every day we make decisions that are underpinned by our ideas of what is right and wrong. But where do these ideas come from? Where do our values come from and who decides which values are used in a society? This book looks at topics that are strongly connected to the values people hold and their ideas of right and wrong, such as democracy, justice, fairness, prejudice and discrimination, education, climate change and war. There are contributions from Laura Bates, Richard Rieser, Tulip Siddiq and Alex Wheatle, who, along with the authors, discuss how their ideas of what is right and wrong have been shaped by their life experiences. Readers are encouraged to think for themselves about the issues discussed and decide which values are important to them.

Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads

Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

The second uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and the peculiar Uncle Gobb go to America, each with a cunning plan ... Even though Malcolm managed to bamboozle and confuzle Uncle Gobb in the last book (hooray!), it was only temporary (boo!). Uncle Gobb is still living with him and still roaring at him about peas and poetry and Peter Parker. This time the plan to get rid of Uncle Gobb has to be mega. It has to be epic. It has to involve America, the Jumblies, the Genie (of course), Aunty Brenda the Mender and Malcolm's long-lost dad. But Malcolm doesn't know that Uncle Gobb also has a plan. A plan to get rid of Malcolm once and for all ... A bonkers book about standing up for yourself, from two crazily creative people. Sure to delight fans of Andy Stanton and Tom Gates.

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Pronounced guilty of libel and sentenced to a year in prison, novelist Emile Zola went on the run. Zola's crime had been to defend a wrongly convicted man, in what became known as the Dreyfus Affair. Fleeing the French state with just hours to spare he ended up living in the suburbs of south London unable to speak a word of English. Michael Rosen brings to life the sleepy world of late Victorian suburbia, Zola's turbulent politics and his tangled private life. Desperate to write a novel, he was also trying to balance the extremely delicate matter of the two women in his life - one the mother of his children, the other his wife. The Disappearance of Emile Zola is the incredible true story of a writer's personal bravery in the face of the greatest political scandal of the age.

Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio

Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2017

Centrally Heated Knickers

Centrally Heated Knickers

Author: Michael Rosen 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.

Bah! Humbug!

Bah! Humbug!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of A Christmas Carol , the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it's likely his father won't stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story's message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father's distracted heart?

A Great Big Cuddle Poems for the Very Young

A Great Big Cuddle Poems for the Very Young

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2017

Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. Winner of the 2016 CLPE Poetry Award. 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.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2017

Gorgeous gift edition of the classic join in story by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Shake up a snowstorm with this perfect gift for brave hunters and bear-lovers everywhere! We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For over a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. This new gift hardback edition includes a superb snow scene on the cover to add fun and festive flurries to your favourite family adventure story. 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!

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2017

In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution; Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave the Party. Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the 1968 movements.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . . CHOCOLATE CAKE! Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake. Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake. Brought to life as a picture book for the first time with brilliant and characterful illustrations by Kevin Waldron.

Dread Cat

Dread Cat

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Once there was a very fierce cat. Not just fierce: totally, terrifyingly, stupendously fierce. Everyone was afraid of this cat. Her name was Dread and everyone dreaded Dread Cat. But then Dread Cat started to run out of luck catching mice. She hadn't caught any for ages. So she announced that she was giving up chasing mice and promised to never again hunt another mouse. The war was over. But was it really? High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Five Nonsense Poems

Five Nonsense Poems

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2017

Theid Sinne Air A' Bhus!

Theid Sinne Air A' Bhus!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2017

Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads

Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

The second uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and the peculiar Uncle Gobb go to America, each with a cunning plan ... Even though Malcolm managed to bamboozle and confuzle Uncle Gobb in the last book (hooray!), it was only temporary (boo!). Uncle Gobb is still living with him and still roaring at him about peas and poetry and Peter Parker. This time the plan to get rid of Uncle Gobb has to be mega. It has to be epic. It has to involve America, the Jumblies, the Genie (of course), Aunty Brenda the Mender and Malcolm's long-lost dad. But Malcolm doesn't know that Uncle Gobb also has a plan. A plan to get rid of Malcolm once and for all ... A bonkers book about standing up for yourself, from two crazily creative people. Sure to delight fans of David Walliams, Andy Stanton and Tom Gates.

Barking for Bagels

Barking for Bagels

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Shnipp the dog loves to play fetch with Julie and Lara in the park, but she doesn't love their annoying laughs. So one day she decides to run off. It's not long before Shnipp finds a new life with Bessie the Bagel Lady, eating delicious bagels every day. But when she decides to finally head home, she discovers things aren't exactly the same as when she left...

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2017

It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.

Disappearance of Emile Zola

Disappearance of Emile Zola

Author: Michael Rosen Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2017

It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return.This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.

What Is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems

What Is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country's leading children's poets. Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and the pleasure that comes from writing and reading poetry. In this invaluable handbook, he shares this knowledge and experience in book form for the very first time. Starting with a detailed analysis of a number of classic poems, he offers a real writer's guide to writing and performing poems, as well as a wealth of technical information and tips. He then takes a fascinating look at a selection of his own poems and explains how and why he wrote them. Complete with an appendix of poets and useful websites, and beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Jill Calder, this is the only guide to poetry children and teachers will ever need.

You Wait Till I'm Older Than You!

You Wait Till I'm Older Than You!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA GET OFF, GET OFF, GET OFF! Well what would you say if your brother kept whacking you with a spoon, or the spider made it all the way up the toilet bowl or your mum made you wear that horrible shirt? Find out in this fantastically funny collection of poems all about growing up from the brilliant Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007 - 2009.

Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions

Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions

Author: Michael Rosen, Ms Annemarie Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict. It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially 'pure' culture. It takes an international perspective, and offers a range of views from people who have personal experience of migration, including the campaigners Meltem Avcil and Muzoon Almellehan, the comedian and actor Omid Djalili and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards, the book encourages readers to think for themselves about the issues involved. There is also a role-play activity asking readers to imagine themselves in the situation of having to decide whether to leave their homes and seek refuge in a new country. 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: What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? What is Feminism? Why do we need It?

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

A riotous celebration of words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Melon Melon squashy, melon sloshy. My friend Helen's eating melon. So far, so good with Helen and her melon. But here's what I'm tellin' Helen: 'Don't SIT on your melon, Helen!' Packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this new collection of poems will delight children of all ages. Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.

We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt We're Going on Bear Hunt in Scots

We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt We're Going on Bear Hunt in Scots

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2016

We're gangin on a bear hunt. We're gaun tae catch a braw yin. Whit a bonnie day! We're no feart. Get ready for a big adventure, as a family of brave bear hunters trudges through muckle forests and skirlin snawstorms, claggie mud and a deep cauld river in search of a glowerin bear. Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt is charmingly recreated in Scots for little adventurers. The original words and illustrations are transformed by language expert Susan Rennie into lively Scots for a bright and bonnie take on this favourite tale. Perfect for reading aloud with young children.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2016

Join in all the fun of the bear hunt with this fabulous activity book, based on the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. For over 25 years, readers have chanted along with this award-winning favourite. Join in the fun with this jam-packed book full of puzzles, colouring and craft activities! Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this book filled with engaging activities. Mazes, picture puzzles, baking, craft and more make this a perfect book to take on holiday or fill rainy days. You can even make binoculars and build your own bear cave! Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations are as enchanting here as in the beloved original, and Michael Rosen's brilliantly rhythmic words provide the inspiration for every exciting activity.

Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed

Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Malcolm is in all ways an ordinary ten-year-old. This is a perfectly ordinary story featuring one perfectly ordinary ten year old, his very bossy uncle, some baked beans, a school which tries to make interesting things BORING, the famed Italian city of Ponky, and a genie who appears when you rub your nose. It also includes lots of very useful facts, many of which are untrue.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2016

Unfold all the fun of the bear hunt in this delightful pocket-sized pop-up of the award-winning picture book classic. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? And Other Big Questions for Kids

What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? And Other Big Questions for Kids

Author: Michael Rosen, Ms Annemarie Young Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2016

What does it mean to be a humanist? Is humanism a new idea? How do people live their lives without religious beliefs? The first of its kind aimed at the new curriculum for upper primary and lower secondary school children, this book examines how humanists respond to fundamental questions about morals and ethics, the origins of life, religion and the state. It looks at how humanists mark the milestones of birth, marriage and death. How do people without belief in God live moral and fulfilled lives, with respect for humankind and the universe? This thought-provoking approach encourages readers to think about the big questions for themselves. The book includes contributions from a number of prominent humanists, such as Stephen Fry, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Philip Pullman, Jim Al-Khalili, Natalie Haynes and Shappi Khorsandi, who explain their own philosophy and tell us what is important to them. 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: What is Feminism? Why do we need It? Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes?

Bilal's Brilliant Bee

Bilal's Brilliant Bee

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Bilal is terrified of The Test. He can't answer any of the questions! But then Bumble the bee comes along, and he can answer any question you ask, even the really tricky ones. Then Bilal's granny suggests they go on the wildly popular TV quiz show, What's What? Win the Lot! But what will happen if Bilal and Bumble do win the lot...? A wonderfully bonkers and laugh-out loud funny story from dream team Rosen and Ross.

What's So Special about Dickens?

What's So Special about Dickens?

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

A winsome, user-friendly introduction to all things Dickens from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, with lively interior illustrations by Sarah Nayler. Dickens brought life to some of our favourite characters: his rogues' gallery includes the Artful Dodger and his avaricious boss, Fagin, the miserly Mr Scrooge, and the spiteful Miss Havisham. During Dickens's lifetime, his novels sold in their thousands, and his touring one-man show was an international hit. Now, 145 years after his death, Dickens's fame has only grown - his books are read all over the world, and have been adapted for both stage and screen. So what is it about Dickens's writing that keeps his readers coming back for more? Join Michael Rosen on a whistle-stop tour of Dickensian London. Featuring a richly detailed summary of Dickens's childhood and career, a witty recap of his best-known novels, and lively black-and-white illustrations from Sarah Nayler, this book is the perfect introduction to the work and world of Charles Dickens.

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

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

An engaging, easy-to-use and informative biography of Shakespeare with humorous illustrations. So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author Michael Rosen. Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful timeline.

What's So Special about Dickens?

What's So Special about Dickens?

Author: Michael Rosen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2016

A winsome, user-friendly introduction to all things Dickens from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, with lively interior illustrations by Sarah Nayler.Dickens brought life to some of our favourite characters: his rogues' gallery includes the Artful Dodger and his avaricious boss, Fagin, the miserly Mr Scrooge, and the spiteful Miss Havisham. During Dickens's lifetime, his novels sold in their thousands, and his touring one-man show was an international hit. Now, 145 years after his death, Dickens's fame has only grown - his books are read all over the world, and have been adapted for both stage and screen. So what is it about Dickens's writing that keeps his readers coming back for more? Join Michael Rosen on a whistle-stop tour of Dickensian London. Featuring a richly detailed summary of Dickens's childhood and career, a witty recap of his best-known novels, and lively black-and-white illustrations from Sarah Nayler, this book is the perfect introduction to the work and world of Charles Dickens.

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

Author: Michael Rosen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2016

An engaging, easy-to-use and informative biography of Shakespeare with humorous illustrations.So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author Michael Rosen. Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful timeline.

The Bus Is for Us!

The Bus Is for Us!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

A lively, rhyming picture book about transport from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. A lively rhyming picture book about transport by poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Small children take great delight in things that go - whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone! Complemented by beautiful artwork from Gillian Tyler, this playful book will captivate little listeners and is perfect for reading aloud.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2016

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury available for the first time for the very youngest of readers in a take-anywhere clip-on buggy book. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

The award-winning classic brought to life as a pop-up adventure. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite and now it can be read in three glorious dimensions in this incredible pop-up edition featuring seven full-page pop-ups. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! The award-winning classic brought to life as a pop-up adventure.

Don't Mention the Children

Don't Mention the Children

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Quick, Let's Get Out of Here

Quick, Let's Get Out of Here

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

The yucky things your brother does, the annoying things your parents say, the funny things you feel. Michael Rosen knows all about YOU! Family life from the brilliant Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake.

Mad in the Back

Mad in the Back

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Two siblings drive their mother to distraction on the car journey from hell, while Mum tries every trick in the book to get them to behave, from cunning distractions - Look! It's a LAMP-POST - to threats of abandonment by the side of the road. All together now: Are we nearly there yet? Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.

A Great Big Cuddle Poems for the Very Young

A Great Big Cuddle Poems for the Very Young

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. 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.

Good Ideas How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Good Ideas How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2015

We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more. Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round national treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2015

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury in a large board book edition. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2015

Colour in the bear hunt with this wonderful colouring activity book, based on the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. For 25 years, readers have chanted along with this award-winning favourite. Join in the fun with this colouring book featuring all the characters from the beloved story. Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this book filled with colouring scenes, plus lots of different activities that encourage imagination. Join the dots, colour by numbers and chances to invent your own creatures make this a perfect book to take on holiday or fill rainy days. You can even make your own bear ears to wear! Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations are as enchanting here as in the beloved original, and Michael Rosen's brilliantly rhythmic words provide the inspiration for every exciting activity. For all things bear hunt, visit jointhebearhunt.com

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Sticker Activity Book

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Sticker Activity Book

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2015

Join in the bear hunt with this fabulous sticker activity book, based on the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. For 25 years, readers have chanted along with this award-winning favourite. Join in the fun with this jam-packed book full of puzzles, activities and stickers! Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this sticker book filled with engaging activities. Spot the difference, join the dots, matching pairs, bear hunts and more make this a perfect book to take on holiday or fill rainy days. You can even complete sticker jigsaws and play a bear hunt board game! Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations are as enchanting here as in the beloved original, and Michael Rosen's brilliantly rhythmic words provide the inspiration for every exciting activity. For all things bear hunt, visit jointhebearhunt.com

Don't Forget Tiggs!

Don't Forget Tiggs!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing about. They never stop! But that means they forget some rather important things - like eating ...and shopping ...and taking their son Harry to school! Thankfully, Tiggs the cat is around to remind them. But will anyone remember to give Tiggs his dinner?

Monster

Monster

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

More mayhem from the four-legged narrator! When his pet human, Rover, goes to school, our canine hero thinks she is trapped against her will. He goes to the rescue, and when he sees her surrounded by monster masks, leaps to the wrong conclusion and to her rescue, with the usual chaotic consequences! A brilliant follow-up to bestselling Rover and Howler. Rover: 'Layton's wildly exuberant illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the four legged narrator's refreshing brand of humour' - Guardian Howler: 'A delight' Independent on Sunday

The Bus Is for Us!

The Bus Is for Us!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2015

A lively, rhyming picture book about transport from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. A lively rhyming picture book about transport by poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Small children take great delight in things that go - whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone! Complemented by beautiful artwork from Gillian Tyler, this playful book will captivate little listeners and is perfect for reading aloud.

Wordsmith Year 5 collected poems

Wordsmith Year 5 collected poems

Author: Michael Rosen, Charles Causley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2014

The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass

The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The welcome return of one of Michael Rosen's favourite books! Till Owlyglass (Till Eulenspiegel) is a boy who was special from the day he was baptised three times. But not in a good way. Not in a way his parents liked. He was always in trouble for his rudeness and practical jokes, and grew up to be the most outrageous trickster in Germany. Everyone told stories about him ... and they still do five centuries later. In this wickedly funny book, Michael Rosen retells the best of these traditional German tales, with pictures by Fritz Wegner which are perfectly in the spirit of the prankster's wild tricks.

Good Ideas How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Good Ideas How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2014

We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more. Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round national treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Join in the bear hunt with this fabulous interactive sound book! We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For twenty-five years, readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! Now you can join in the fun with this interactive sound book.

Send for a Superhero!

Send for a Superhero!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2014

A bedtime read turns into a very funny superhero adventure in this exciting blend of picture book and comic book storytelling. It's time for bed and Dad is reading Emily and little Elmer a story... Danger! Filth and Vacuum, The Terrible Two, are trying to destroy the world! Who will save the day? Steel Man isn't strong enough; Flying-Through-the-Air-Very-Fast-Man isn't fast enough and Incredibly-Big-Strong-Green-Man isn't big, strong and green enough. Who can help? Clever young Brad 40 has a brilliant idea: he calls on a most unlikely superhero: Incredibly Boring Man, who sends the villains - and everyone else - to sleep! Filth and Vacuum are captured by the army, Brad is a hero, and Dad thinks Emily and Elmer have fallen asleep too. But he's wrong...

Wolfman

Wolfman

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2014

Wolfman has escaped! He is raging and rampaging around town, chewing up paving slabs and biting trees and generally being very terrifying indeed! Whatever can Wolfman want and who will be brave enough to ask...? Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.

Howler

Howler

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Humans can be so confusing, especially when you're a dog. I live with a family of humans, you see. A big man-human, a big lady-human and a little girl-human. Well, one day the lady-human's tummy started getting bigger and bigger. Then - and you won't believe this - suddenly her tummy got smaller, but there was another human living with us! And the big humans won't let me anywhere near it! Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about . . . `Fresh and entertaining, and ultimately enlightening' Scottish Sunday Herald

Alphabetical How Every Letter Tells a Story

Alphabetical How Every Letter Tells a Story

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters for ever. How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our seven lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many, many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. So if you ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry, read on . . .

Rover

Rover

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/2014

A hugely entertaining story about one dog and his owner. When Rover, that's the little girl with red hair, NOT her canine friend, gets lost on the beach there's only one thing for it! Dog to the rescue! Seen from a dog's perspective Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, delivers a brilliantly hilarious take on family life.

Choosing Crumble

Choosing Crumble

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

When Terri-Lee goes to the pet-shop she thinks she'll be choosing a dog - she doesn't expect the dog to be choosing her! But Crumble is no ordinary pet and he's got a few questions to ask: How many walks will you take me on? Do you like to dance? Will you tickle me? I like that a lot. Will Terri-Lee's dance moves and answers be enough to convince Crumble that she could be his owner?

Cuil Bheag Og (Tiny Little Fly)

Cuil Bheag Og (Tiny Little Fly)

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A stunning, bold and funny picture book from Michael Rosen and rising star illustrator Kevin Waldron, in the Irish language for very first time! When Tiny Little Fly sees great big toes (and lands on a great big nose), the poor elephant tries - tramp, crush, tramp - but can't catch it. Off flies the fly! The teasing insect easily misses the rhino's roll, squash, roll and the tiger's swat, swoop, snatch too but ... these very BIG animals are getting VERY annoyed! How will Tiny Little Fly's adventure end? Will he get away and fly fly fly? From Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron, translated by Gabriel Rosenstock, comes this wonderful read-aloud story for the very young that chalks one up for the little guy.

Bob the Bursting Bear

Bob the Bursting Bear

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Leaving Toy School for his new home, Bob the Bear thinks he knows all there is to being loved and cuddled. But in the end it is a surprising and unusual talent that helps him most of all...

Even My Ears Are Smiling

Even My Ears Are Smiling

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/06/2013

Following the publication of bestselling Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy, Michael Rosen has followed up with a brilliant new book of poems that are funny, thought-provoking and always with Michael's immediately accessible and child-centred voice. The poems included are a mix of classic favourites and also many brand new poems. The cheeky, full-colour illustrations by much loved Babette Cole make the perfect partnership.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Piece together the fun of the bear hunt in this delightful jigsaw version of the classic picture book. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For more than twenty years, readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! Now you can join in the fun with this interactive jigsaw book.

Fluff the Farting Fish

Fluff the Farting Fish

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Elvie is desperate for a puppy that she can train up to do amazing tricks. But it's not a puppy Mum returns from the pet shop with, it's a fish. But Elvie doesn't give up. Determined to fulfill her dream of having a performing pet she trains up Fluff the fish. Fluff can't sit, she won't bark on command, but she does have a very special fishy talent all of her own . . .

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Story Play

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Story Play

Author: Michael Rosen, Vivian French Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

A dramatic version of a favourite picture book in which children join in taking different parts of the reading. Offering a very different storytelling experience, this Walker All Join In Story Play is a dramatic version of a favourite picture book written for four voices. Each part is clearly marked by different colour bands so children can join in. Perfect for reading aloud, this innovative and beautifully designed book offers a simple, clever and utterly enjoyable way of sharing stories and learning to read. The Walker All Join In Story Plays are written in strongly patterned language by Vivian French to cater for readers with different levels of experience. There are brief teaching notes at the back which give parents and teachers helpful advice on sharing the books with children.

Fantastic Mr Dahl

Fantastic Mr Dahl

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

A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero David Walliams Life story of Roald Dahl, World's No.1 storyteller, creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach and many more, brought to life by Michael Rosen - author, top children's poet and former Children's Laureate. Written especially for children, with fun pages and illustrations by Quentin Blake. So, 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 comes up with some of the answers to these key questions in his lively biography, specially for children, of the world's No.1 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.

Blue

Blue

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2012

A lyrical story about a little boy's life-changing journey through the sky with a magical cat. Raffi's brother Jake can do everything. He can run very fast, jump very high, dance and draw elephants. If only Raffi were good at something too... One evening when Raffi can't sleep, a magical flying cat called Blue appears and takes him on an adventure through the night sky. They fly off together into the darkness and as they fly, Blue points at shop signs and street lamps and they light up. They fly higher and higher, spreading light, until they even light up the stars! The next day, thoughtful little Raffi feels just a little bit different. He is happier after his wonderful dream, and has more confidence. He even finds himself reassuring his brother that walking home in the dark is no problem at all - it's fun!

Burping Bertha

Burping Bertha

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

On an ordinary morning, in an ordinary flat, an up-till-now perfectly ordinary Bertha does an extraordinary burp. A burp so extraordinary, it knocks things over. A burp so humongously big that very soon it's causing havoc in the school canteen, the playground, not to mention her grandad's apple trees... Such a burptastic secret cannot stay quiet for long. And soon enough it lands Bertha her very own celebrity stardom...but is it all just a lot of hot air?

Bananas in My Ears

Bananas in My Ears

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2011

A comic collection of verse from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. From the chaos of breakfast and to the calm of bedtime, this quirky collection of nonsense poetry written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake is full of delightful moments. Read of the pleasures of messing about and the pains of feeling ill, of animal antics down at the doctor's and strange goings-on on the beach... All this and a trip on a flying bed too.

Tiny Little Fly

Tiny Little Fly

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2011

A stunning, bold and funny picture book for the very young, from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and illustrator Kevin Waldron. My oh my! Big elephant tramping, big hippo rolling, big tiger snatching, but off flies the fly... From Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron comes this great read-aloud story for the very young that chalks one up for the little guy.

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2010

A heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. Very occasionally the term non-fiction has to stretch itself to accommodate a book that fits into no category at all. Michael Rosen's Sad Book is such a book. It chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects the art of making complicated feelings plain. It wasn't made like any other book either; Michael Rosen said of the text, I wrote it at a moment of extreme feeling and it went straight down onto the page ... Quentin didn't illustrate it, he 'realized' it. He turned the text into a book and as a result showed me back to myself. No writer could ask and get more than that. And Quentin Blake says that the picture of Michael being sad but trying to look happy is the most difficult drawing he's ever done... a moving experience.

Golem of Old Prague

Golem of Old Prague

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things

Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2010

The arrival of a new poetry collection from one of Britain's greatest children's poets Michael Rosen is always cause for great excitement - and this collection promises to be one of the best. Coinciding with his laureateship and very welcome public promotion of the need for children's poetry in our education system, this brand-new collection of poetry for Puffin will delight readers young and old with Michael's famous sense of humour, wonder and pathos.

What Else But Home Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse

What Else But Home Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2010

It started with a baseball game, when Michael Rosen's seven-year-old son Ripton invited some older boys over to his family's penthouse for snacks and Nintendo after joining their pick-up game in Tomkins Square Park. These visits became more frequent, and soon these boys, all black and Hispanic neighbours living in public and subsidized housing, became part of the Rosen's family. Over time Michael and his wife Leslie became like parents to these boys, and like parents everywhere, decided to help them succeed. So began a remarkable relationship between the Rosen family and five of the boys in particular, beautifully and movingly chronicled in What Else But Home ,a love story unlike any other, of a family that opened its door and heart and learned that whatever our racial and economic differences, baseball conquers all.

Sonsense Nongs: Singalong DVD-Rom Single-User Licence

Sonsense Nongs: Singalong DVD-Rom Single-User Licence

Author: Michael Rosen Format: DVD Audio Release Date: 02/11/2009

This DVD-ROM provides favourite songs from Sonsense Nongs in special new 'karaoke' format for whiteboards, ideal for classroom or assembly singing. A brand new DVD-ROM for use on whiteboards in assemblies or classrooms. The Sonsense Nongs Singalong DVD-ROM allows you to teach songs and lyrics from the corresponding A&C Black songbook without the need for OHPs or photocopying. The DVD-ROM provides lyrics, performance and backing tracks for favourite songs from this popular collection of Michael Rosen's favourite daft ditties and crazy croons - ideal for improving literacy as well as singing skills. Also includes new vocal performance tracks so that the songs can be taught easily, as well as exclusively composed backing tracks. No music reading necessary.

Sonsense Nongs: Singalong DVD-Rom Site Licence

Sonsense Nongs: Singalong DVD-Rom Site Licence

Author: Michael Rosen Format: DVD Audio Release Date: 02/11/2009

This DVD-ROM provides favourite songs from Sonsense Nongs in special new 'karaoke' format for whiteboards, ideal for classroom or assembly singing. A brand new DVD-ROM for use on whiteboards in assemblies or classrooms. The Sonsense Nongs Singalong DVD-ROM allows you to teach songs and lyrics from the corresponding A&C Black songbook without the need for OHPs or photocopying. The DVD-ROM provides lyrics, performance and backing tracks for favourite songs from this popular collection of Michael Rosen's favourite daft ditties and crazy croons - ideal for improving literacy as well as singing skills. Also includes new vocal performance tracks so that the songs can be taught easily, as well as exclusively composed backing tracks. No music reading necessary.

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 10/09/2009

A hilarious biker bunny tale by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, brought to life with an animated DVD! He's wild, he's wicked, he's Little Rabbit Foo Foo! In this read-aloud romp by the incomparable Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, the bully-boy bunny likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping everyone on the head. Wriggly worms, tigers, no one is safe. But here comes the Good Fairy - and she is not amused! Offering a whole new storytelling experience this picture book and DVD edition features a charming story animation narrated by Kevin Whately, from Inspector Morse and Peak Practice.

Michael Rosen: All About Me Band 16/Sapphire

Michael Rosen: All About Me Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2009

What's it like to be a writer, radio presenter and performer? Read all about Michael Rosen's life and find out what he was like as a boy, what he got up to at school and how he became a famous poet in this fascinating autobiography. * Sapphire/Band 16 books books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type: An autobiography. * The timeline on pages 54-55 track the major events of Michael Rosen's life that led to him becoming a successful writer. * Additional information retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills * Curriculum links: History: What we can learn about recent history from studying the life of a famous person. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Michael Rosen's A-Z The best children's poetry from Agard to Zephaniah

Michael Rosen's A-Z The best children's poetry from Agard to Zephaniah

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

From Agard to Zephaniah, the very best of children's poetry from the very best of children's poets appears in this wonderful and exciting anthology edited by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate. Coinciding with his laureateship and a very welcome public promotion of the need for children's poetry in our education system, this future classic for Puffin will delight readers young and old, and make the perfect gift.

What Else But Home

What Else But Home

Author: Michael Rosen Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2009

Michael Rosens seven-year-old son Ripton one day decided to join a pick-up game of baseball with some older kids in the park. At the end of the game Ripton asked his new friends if they wanted to come back to his house for snacks and Nintendo. Over time, five of the boysall black and Hispanic, from the impoverished neighborhood across the parkbecame a fixture in the Rosens home and eventually started referring to Michael and his wife Leslie as their parents. The boys began to see the Rosens as more than just an arcade of middle-class creature comforts; the Rosens began to learn the full stories of the boys fractured lives.Soon Michael and Leslie decided that their responsibility, like that of parents everywhere, was to help all their boys get a start in life. So began a turbulent learning experience all round, beautifully and movingly depicted in What Else But Home. Its a quest to escape the previously inevitable, a test of the resilience of a newly assembled family, a love story unlike any other, and a celebration of the fact that, whatever our differences, baseball and commitment can help us bridge them.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/06/2009

We're going on a bear hunt! Through the long wavy grass, the thick oozy mud and the swirling, whirling snowstorm - will we find a bear today? Children will love joining in with the animated version of this adventurous tale from the acclaimed King Rollo Films - accompanied by specially composed music and narrated by Emilia Fox and Kevin Whately - and following all the action in the classic picture book, which won the Smarties Book Prize and was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Please note, this DVD is Region 2 PAL.

Classic Poetry An Illustrated Collection

Classic Poetry An Illustrated Collection

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2009

Walker Illustrated Classics is 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! Over eighty of the most 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, with Paul Howard's astonishingly varied illustrations, this is indeed a classic collection.

Dear Mother Goose

Dear Mother Goose

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2008

Mother Goose has a good idea to stop Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall - and she helps lots of his friends too. Agony aunt Mother Goose helps Humpty Dumpty conquer his fear of falling and Little Miss Muffet deal with an over-friendly spider as well as helping a whole host of other much-loved characters in this charming lift-the-flap book. With its witty, jokey letters, it's a nursery rhyme book with a twist from an award-winning author and illustrator team.

Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense

Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Michael Rosen's collection of nonsense verse with rhymes, poems, wordplay and limericks. In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems to make everyone smile and laugh out loud. Children will delight in unraveling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse. Containing all the ingredients of Michael Rosen's poetry - humour, rhyme, repetition and wordplay. Covering all sorts of topics from football to Little Mary Anne who's made of elastic, to dinosaurs. 'An enjoyable book which might stimulate children's own inclinations to mess about with language.' - Books for Keeps 'The author has a child's ear for word sound and an eye for nutty humour. Clare Mackie's crackling illustrations add verve and vigour to each page.' - Junior Education

The Bear in the Cave

The Bear in the Cave

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/05/2008

A very happy bear hears the sounds of the city from his quiet home by the sea and decides to find out what city life is like. Buying the ticket and travelling on the train is all very exciting. And so is the city! But after a while the bear finds the city a little too noisy and a little too busy - and people are beginning to laugh at him. He feels very sad and alone, until four children find him and show him the way home, with much fun along the way. A perfect book for reading aloud, with just the right amount of excitement before a wonderfully calming ending - just right for reading before bedtime!

The Quest for Authenticity The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim

The Quest for Authenticity The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of a current and a former Children's Laureate. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this jacketed hardback book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try and cope with it. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel really deeply sad, its truth will surely touch you.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2007

A delightful CD and paperback picture book edition of a much-loved classic! We're going on a bear hunt! Through the long wavy grass, the thick oozy mud and the swirling, whirling snowstorm - will we find a bear today? A perfect bedtime adventure for all aspiring explorers. Includes a CD of the story read by Doctor Who actress Sophie Aldred to listen to with the paperback picture book.

This Is Our House

This Is Our House

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2007

A gentle tale for pre-schoolers, introducing the concept of sharing in the playground from multi award winning author and poet Michael Rosen. From former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen comes a simple and poignant tale of the power of sharing, with superb artwork by award winning illustrator Bob Graham. George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can play in it. It isn't for girls, small people, twins, people with glasses, or people who like tunnels. But Lindy, Marly, Freddie, Charlene, Marlene, Luther, Sophie and Rasheda have other ideas! One by one each child is refused access until tables are turned and George finds how it feels to be on the receiving end. A topical and perceptive book that shows that it is much more fun to share.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2007

Michael Rosen's Selected Poems is a wonderfully moving sequence of prose poems extracted from his acclaimed autobiographical triptych, Carrying the Elephant, This is Not My Nose and In the Colonie. In a series of artful, deceptively simple poems, Rosen covers a vast terrain, collating vivid and fragmentary memories from his left-wing Jewish upbringing, his teenage holiday at a socialist summer camp in France, his London childhood and the death of his eighteen-year-old son from meningitis. He takes in, along the way, marriage, divorce, births and the undiagnosed illness (an underactive thyroid) from which Rosen suffered for ten years.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2004

This most famous of love stories is uniquely presented in picture book form for children. The tale is told scene by scene in a simple lively style, with dialogue reproducing Shakespeare's own words so that the most celebrated passages of the play are retained in their original form.

Snore!

Snore!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

All is quiet on the farm. The animals are fast asleep. Until Dog starts to snore! One by one, the other animals try to stop him: Sheep says Boo! the piglets giggle and Cat even tries to sing. But Dog snores on until morning, when, fresh as a daisy, he wakes up ready for a new day. By then, the other animals are so tired, all they can do is SNORE! This is a re-issue in a larger format and with a new cover, of the successful paperback, SNORE! It is companion title to OWW!!, also by Michael Rosen. Both books tell simple stories of life in the farmyard for children just ready for their first picturebook. Michael Rosen easy-to-read stories and poems, full of fun and drama are agelessly popular with both the youngest children and their parents.

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2003

A hilarious biker bunny tale by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. He's wild, he's wicked, he's Little Rabbit Foo Foo! In this read-aloud romp by the incomparable Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, the bully-boy bunny likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping everyone on the head. Wriggly worms, tigers, no one is safe. But here comes the Good Fairy - and she is not amused!

No Breathing in Class

No Breathing in Class

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2003

A collection of poems about school and friends - some familiar favourites and some brand new poems to excite young readers. Michael Rosen's humorous insights into children's lives make this a wonderfully accessible collection, with full colour illustrations by the irrepressible Korky Paul.

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2001

These stories include the great myths - of Amen-Ra, who created all the creatures in the world; of Isis, seaching the waters for her dead husband Osiris; of the Bennu Bird and the Book of Thoth. But there are also tales told for pleasure about magic, treasure and adventure - even the first ever Cinderella story.

Sonsense Nongs (Book + CD) Michael Rosen's Book of Silly Songs, Daft Ditties, Crazy Croons, Loony Lyrics, Batty Ballads ...

Sonsense Nongs (Book + CD) Michael Rosen's Book of Silly Songs, Daft Ditties, Crazy Croons, Loony Lyrics, Batty Ballads ...

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 31/05/2001

Michael Rosen's favourite silly songs - with acrobatic actions, rappy rhymes and an orchestra of annoying noises - includes a singalong CD of all piano accompaniments. Michael Rosen's favourite silly songs - with acrobatic actions, rappy rhymes and an orchestra of annoying noises, including Joe's got a head like a ping-pong ball, Susanna's a fanciful cow and I'm a little wrong note. The songs are excellent for improving both literacy and singing skills and the book comes complete with a singalong CD.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Farsi and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Farsi and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Czech and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Czech and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Portuguese and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Portuguese and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Tamil and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Tamil and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Turkish and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Turkish and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Chinese and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Chinese and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Gujarati and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Gujarati and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Somali and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Somali and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Albanian and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Albanian and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Bengali and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Bengali and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Urdu and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Urdu and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Arabic and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Arabic and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

Turning Words, Spinning Worlds Chapter in Organizational Ethnography

Turning Words, Spinning Worlds Chapter in Organizational Ethnography

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/12/2000

This collection represents Michael Rosen's encounter with an 'ethnography of the center'-the study of cultural orders in the heart of the metropolis. Considers occupational worlds from finance and advertising to the subworld of drug dealing.

Centrally Heated Knickers

Centrally Heated Knickers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2000

Hail! Hail! I come from another galaxy. Discover the wierd and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007 - 2009.

Political Thought

Political Thought

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/1999

Human beings live together in societies which, by their very nature, give rise to institutions governing the behaviour and freedom of individuals. This raises important questions about how these institutions ought to function, and the extent to which actual systems of government succeed or fail in meeting these ideals. This Oxford Reader contains 140 key writings on political thought, covering issues about human nature and its relation to society, the extent to which the powers of the State are justified, the tension between liberty and rights, and the way resources should be distributed. Topics such as international relations, minority rights, democracy, socialism, and conservatism are also discussed, by contributors ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Foucault, Isaiah Berlin, and Martin Luther King.

Michael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems

Michael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/06/1996

Are you pink and green? Are you totally obscene? Can you pick your nose? With your stubby little toes? Let your imagination run riot and laughter fill your belly as you explore traditional poems, rhymes with a twist, and subversive playground favourites in this playful treasure chest of verse.

Skin of Your Back

Skin of Your Back

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/1996

On Voluntary Servitude False Consciousness and The Theory of Ideology

On Voluntary Servitude False Consciousness and The Theory of Ideology

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/1996

This book addresses a central theme in social and political theory: what is the motivation behind the theory of ideology, and can such a theory be defended?

On Voluntary Servitude False Consciousness and The Theory of Ideology

On Voluntary Servitude False Consciousness and The Theory of Ideology

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/1996

This book addresses a central theme in social and political theory: what is the motivation behind the theory of ideology, and can such a theory be defended?

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/1996

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/09/1993

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1993

Hegel's Dialectic and its Criticism

Hegel's Dialectic and its Criticism

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/1985

Hegel's philosophy has often been compared to a circle of circles: an ascending spiral to its admirers, but a vortex to its critics. The metaphor reflects Hegel's claim to offer a conception of philosophical reason so comprehensive as to include all others as partial forms of itself. It is a claim which faces the writer on Hegel with peculiar difficulties. Criticism, it would appear, can always be outflanked; criticism of the system can be turned back into criticism within the system. Michael Rosen discusses the philosophical issues involved in historical interpretation before presenting a novel and challenging solution to the problem of Hegel's openness to criticism. Contrary to received opinion, Hegel's philosophy does not, he argues, draw upon a universal and pre-suppositionless conception of rationality. Rather, Hegel's originality lies in founding his system upon a particular, avowedly mystical conception of philosophical experience. This experience - Hegel calls it 'pure Thought' - is fundamental. Pure Thought makes speculative reasoning intelligible and, hence, underpins the claim to rationality of the entire system. Dr Rosen's conclusion is that all attempts at rehabilitation of Hegel are based on misunderstanding. When restored to their speculative-mystical shell the irrational kernel of Hegel's concepts becomes apparent.

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