Michael Rosen

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Film, TV & Theatre

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Presenting

Associate Agent : Christian Ogunbanjo

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Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice to BBC listeners and is currently presenting Word of Mouth, the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way we use it. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. He was one of the first poets to make visits to schools throughout the UK and has also visited schools throughout the world

In 2007 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a role which he held until 2009.  While Laureate, he set up The Children's Funny Prize which give awards to the funniest children's books of the year.

Michael's website is www.michaelrosen.co.uk

A list of selected works is below.

Latest Publication:

I'M NUMBER ONE, Walker Books (22 December 2009)

Little wind-up soldier A-One is in charge. At least that’s what he tells the other toys: Sally, Maddy, and Sid. When he tells them to turn his key, they do it. When he tells them they’re no good, they feel bad. He calls them all kinds of things: no good, hopeless, the worst. Or was that hope-use, good-no, and less-less? Somehow, stringing all those mean words together makes them start to sound, well, silly — and even though A-One doesn’t mean to, he finds himself smiling too. From the incomparable Michael Rosen and Bob Graham comes an insightful, child-friendly tale about learning how to be one of the gang.

Fiction

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2009

Bloomsbury

Bear is playing on the beach and, seeing the seagulls wheeling above him, decides that he would love to learn how to fly. And there are four children with him who know exactly how to make that happen. An exhilarating story about friends helping each other to realise their dreams - and have great fun doing it!

2009

Walker Books

One day, a little bear named Red Ted is accidentally left on the seat of a train by his owner Stevie and ends up in the place for lost things. He doesn’t despair, however – he puts his mind to work! With the help of his new friends, a pessimistic crocodile and a cat with a fondness for cheese, Ted finds his way home to the little girl who loves and misses him. Author Michael Rosen and illustrator Joel Stewart offer a sweet graphic storybook about pluck, persistence, and the pure comfort of home at the end of a long journey full of adventure.

2008

Barn Owl Books

A new edition of an old favourite.

2008

Walker Books

A new story with illustrations by Nick Sharratt.

2007

Bloomsbury

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. This is a perfect book for reading aloud, with just the right amount of excitement before a wonderfully calming ending - just right for reading before bedtime!

2006

Walker Books

It is a totally wonderful morning and Molly brings Grandma's special crystal into school for Show and Tell. But when everyone is more interested in Russell's water-squirting stegosaurus, suddenly Molly's day becomes totally horrible. Luckily Miss Plumberry knows just what to do to make Molly's day totally wonderful again.

2006

Bloomsbury

An illustrated story for children.

2005

Barn Owl

In this sequel to `You`re Thinking About Doughnuts`, hero Frank`s school field trip takes him to the colonial past.

2004

Time Warner

After CARRYING THE ELEPHANT, this book of eighty prose poems explores the poet`s life through an illness that lay undiagnosed for ten years.

2004

Walker Books

Michael Rosen retells the story of Romeo and Juliet scene by scene, in simple, lively style - an illustrated book that will be enjoyed by those who know and love Shakespeare`s play as well as those who are discovering it for the first time.

2004

Walker Books

What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try to cope with it. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel really deeply sad, its truth will surely touch you.

1998

Walker Books

A new edition, with illustrations by Bob Graham.

1983

Penguin

Shreddies in my hair. I looked at Eddie. Eddie's looking at me. Big grin on his face. I knew he had done it. Last week he put pepper in the raisins. The yucky things your borther does, the annoying things your parents say, the funny things you feel. Michael Rosen knows all about YOU! Look inside and see if he's spotted your deepest, darkest secrets. A much-loved classic of family life from the brilliant Michael Rosen

Non-Fiction

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2015

Wayland

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 will examine how humanists respond to fundamental questions about morals and ethics, the origins of life, religion and the state. It will look 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? A thought-provoking approach will encourage readers to think about the big questions for themselves.

2013

John Murray

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.

2014

John Murray

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.

2005

Walker Books

An account of the life and work of the great novelist, with beautiful illustrations by Robert Ingpen. A delight for young readers.

2004

Walker Books

In these pages, Shakespeare lives!

Poetry

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A GREAT BIG CUDDLE

2016

Walker Books

2007

Penguin

Michael Rosen published his first book of poems for adults, `Carrying the Elephant`, in 2002. Two further volumes have confirmed his position as the modern master of short, direct, naturalistic poems which carry an expected charge.

2009

Puffin

2005

Penguin

Subtitled "a memoir of separation and belonging", this is the author`s third volume of autobiographical verse.

Film, TV & Theatre

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known
figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a
poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by
selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved
with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on
children’s literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice
to BBC listeners and is currently presenting Word of Mouth,
the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way
we use it. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children
with his passion for books and poetry. He was one of the first poets to
make visits to schools throughout the UK and has also visited schools
throughout the world

In 2007 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a role which he held until
2009.  While Laureate, he set up The Children's Funny Prize which give
awards to the funniest children's books of the year.

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

PINOCCHIO

2009

Polka Theatre

WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

2009

Kenny Wax Ltd

YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT DOUGHNUTS

1996

Nottingham Playhouse

Presenting

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known
figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a
poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by
selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved
with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on
children’s literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice
to BBC listeners and is currently presenting Word of Mouth,
the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way
we use it. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children
with his passion for books and poetry. He was one of the first poets to
make visits to schools throughout the UK and has also visited schools
throughout the world

In 2007 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a role which he held until
2009.  While Laureate, he set up The Children's Funny Prize which give
awards to the funniest children's books of the year.

Radio

Production / CharacterDirectorCompany

WINNIE THE WHO? (2009)

Writer and Presenter

BBC Radio 4

WORD OF MOUTH (1997 - 2009)

Writer / Presenter

BBC Radio 4

OH! WHAT A ROTTEN SONG (2009)

Writer / Presenter

Unique / BBC Radio 4

THE PEOPLE IN THE PLAYGROUND (2008)

Writer / Presenter

BBC Radio 4

LAUGHTER CLOSE TO TEARS (2008)

Writer and Presenter

BBC Radio 4

HOME TRUTHS (2005)

Presenter

BBC Radio 4

POEMS BY POST (1989 - 2000)

Presenter

BBC World Service

BEST WORDS (1994 - 1997)

Writer / Presenter

BBC Radio 3

TREASURE ISLANDS (1988 - 1998)

Writer / Presenter

BBC Radio 4

Television

Production / CharacterDirectorCompany

BOOKABOO (2008)

Presenter

Happy Films

JUST READ (2009)

Writer / Presenter

BBC Wales

WEATHER: WIND, RAIN AND SNOW (2008)

Guest

BBC 2