Flying pigs, wobbling plates of jelly and a giant who trembles whenever he meets a mouse: welcome to the topsy-turvy world of nursery rhymes. Inspired by his lifelong fascination with these peculiar poems, Michael Rosen has placed familiar playground songs alongside forgotten gems for a seminal new collection.
|Publisher||Walker Books; 2020|
THE BIG BOOK OF BAD THINGS
This collection of poems by the former Children’s Laureate explores the dark side of things with Michael Rosen’s usual wit and wisdom.
MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF LOVE: A STORY OF LIFE LOVE AND THE NHS
Michael Rosen wasn't feeling well. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and then he was admitted to hospital, suffering from coronavirus as the nation teetered on the edge of a global pandemic. What followed was months on the wards: six weeks in an induced coma, and many more weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved Michael's life, and then got him back on his feet. Combining stunning new prose poems and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, doctors and wife Emma-Louise Williams, this is a beautiful book about love, life and the NHS.
THE MISSING: THE TRUE STORY OF MY FAMILY IN WORLD WAR II
The true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” during the Second World War, told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution that has inspired his poetry for years since.
In this collection of poems for grown-ups, Michael Rosen offers a view of the world based on some of the characters found at the kitchen table of a secular Jewish family in North London in the 1950s. Mr Mensh is a book about the absurdities of everyday life, soup, raspberry pips, toe-nails, warts and all. Its also a book about the violent absurdities of everyday politics in the twenty-first century the End of Austerity, anti-Semitism, Racism and Fascism.
ON THE MOVE: POEMS ABOUT MIGRATION
A personal and uniquely affecting collection of poems about migration. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is an anthology with a story to tell and a powerful point to make.
QUICK, LET'S GET OUT OF HERE
All the poems in this collection have a story to tell. There are poems about washing up, bathtime, skeletons and Christmas dinner. And several about two-year-old Eddie who gets up to typical two-year-old's tricks such as mistaking a dead mouse for a gerbil and throwing a wobbly because he can't have another birthday.
SHAKESPEARE: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD
A vivid and interesting picture of the life and times of William Shakespeare.
YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT DOUGHNUTS
Frank visits the museum where his mum works and strange things happen - the exhibits are coming to life and it is chaos. Frank has an adventure with the plastic skeleton who is obsessed by doughnuts.
YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT TOMATOES
Frank isn’t much looking forward to the school visit to a local stately home. Not even in his worst nightmares did he expect anything like what actually happens! When ‘Not-Sheba’ the servant girl from a picture just walks out of her frame and demands Frank’s help to find out her real identity, Frank realises that there is no escape.