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Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things

by Michael Rosen

Some poems are funny, some desperately sad. There are story poems and pondering poems: how great would Satnav trousers be!? Some, like 'Cosmo Caff', beg to be read aloud.


Sometimes the juxtaposition of poems will floor you: read 'Where Do We Come From' and 'Fly Racing' and find the history of a family.


But in Rosen's hands, small, scruffy words you don't even notice gain extra weight and meaning, and his poems give form and sensitively and exuberantly validate the everyday acts of simply wondering, idly thinking, and using language to do so.


Publisher: Puffin

About the author

Michael Rosen

Children's Laureate 2007-2009

Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures not only in the children's book world but also the British arts scene. His first book of children's poems was published in 1974, and he has gone on to write numerous award winning children's poetry books, picture books and non-fiction, such as Quick, Let's Get Out of Here and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Alongside this he performs, teaches, lectures, presents Word of Mouth on Radio 4 and reviews books for the Guardian. In 2007, Michael was appointed the fifth Children's Laureate - a role which he says will be used to be an 'ambassador of fun'.

Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen

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  • Michael Rosen recites one of the poems from Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things.

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