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2018

Scholastic

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...

2014

Andersen Press Ltd

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.

2014

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Wolfman is on the loose and he is raging and rampaging through town like a terror! Lamp-posts have been ripped up, paving slabs chewed – even the Army has gone into hiding! A terrific romp with a hilarious punchline from beloved author, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen and the hugely popular Chris Mould.

2014

Walker Books

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!

2014

Walker Books

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?

2014

Walker Books

Till Owlyglass was the wickedest trickster in Germany, never happier than when he was making a fool of someone. Everyone told stories about his mischievous pranks, and they still do today, over five centuries after he lived.

2013

Tradewind

In this collection of 13 classic fables, Michael Rosen passes on the wisdom of Aesop in a unique and appealing way. Modern, humorous retellings of such favourites as 'Town Mouse & Country Mouse', 'The Fox & the Crow' and 'The Frog & the Bull' are accompanied with magnificent artistry by Talleen Hacikyan.

2013

Andersen Press Ltd

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.

2013

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.

2012

Walker Books

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.

2012

Andersen Press

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.

2012

Andersen Press

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?

2012

Walker Books

Harry makes great soup. So Harry’s friends are always running to his café just for that famous soup. One day, Ryan the Lion, Jo the Crow, and Matt the Cat all bustle into Harry’s shop. "Take it easy!" says Harry. But maybe Harry is taking it too easy? You see, Matt the Cat is not too happy with his soup today. Oy vey! He doesn’t want to kvetch, but won’t Harry please try it to find out what could possibly be wrong?

2011

Bloomsbury Publishing

Michael Rosen's brilliant new book of poems that are funny, thought-provoking and always with Michael's immediately accessible and child-centered voice. The poems included are a mix of classic favorites and also many brand new poems.

2011

Walker Books

A sequel to Dear Mother Goose, this is a hilarious collection of fairy stories with a difference. All the best-loved fairy-tale characters are here and they all have a different problem, from the pesky girl who keeps eating little bear's porridge, to Pinocchio's mendacious habits, to the wolf who just won't leave Little Red Riding Hood alone.

2011

Walker Books

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.

2010

Walker Books

My oh my, a tiny little fly is buzzing all around ... a great big elephant, a great big hippo, a great big tiger, too! With deceptively simple words and pictures, Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron conjure a comedy to delight readers of all sizes.

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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2018

Walker Books

2018

Quercus

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.

2017

Faber & Faber

It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile 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.

2017

Verso

In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in the North London suburbs, and his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End of the 1930s. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.

Different from other children, 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. But it all changed after a trip to East Germany when, in 1957, his parents decided to leave ‘the Party’.

From that point, Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to Aldermaston to march against the bomb; writing and performing in experimental political theatre at Oxford; getting arrested during the 1968 movements. The book ends with a letter to his father, and the revelation of a heartbreaking family secret.

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.

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.

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.

2013

John Murray Publishers Ltd

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.

2013

John Murray Publishers Ltd

Michael Rosen argues that William Morris' socialist poetry was part of a long tradition of protest writing and a signpost for future struggles. This volume includes work that has not been published since first appearing as propaganda in The Commonweal, the paper of Morris' Socialist League. Although poetry was a small part of his enormous written output, it is integral to understanding the level of commitment to change that William Morris felt.

2012

Collins

Inspiration for poetry can come from anywhere - a memory, an insight and even broccoli! Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explains the inspiration behind a selection of his own quirky poems, highlighting that ideas can come from many different places.

2012

Puffin

Just 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 of the world's No.1 storyteller, written specially for children. 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.

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.

2010

Puffin

 

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.

Film, TV & Theatre

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

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.

Presenting

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

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.