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Michael Rosen

  • 5 stars across 189 books
    Born in Harrow in 1946, Michael Rosen is a brilliant and energetic author and poet. He has written 140 books on a wide variety of subjects, from Shakespeare to fellow author Roald Dahl but is probably best known for his fabulous and quirky poems.

    At seventeen he decided he would like to be a doctor, but he only did one year of medical school before realising he would prefer to study English Language and Literature. He then started out in a career in television presenting, before eventually turning to writing.

    Many of Michael Rosen’s poems are based on his own life, especially between the ages of two and twelve, and in 1974 he wrote his first poetry book, Mind Your Own Business, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

    Rosen has collaborated with a number of illustrators including, Helen Oxenbury, Nick Sharratt and fellow Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell who he worked with on the hugely successful A Great Big Cuddle, a poetry collection aimed at very young children.

    In 2004, following the death of his second son to Meningitis, Rosen wrote Michael Rosen's Sad Book. The book, which was illustrated by Quentin Blake deals with the subject of bereavement, and touches on the emotions and grief felt by Rosen at this time.

    Rosen is also a radio broadcaster on Word of Mouth, a Programme that looks at the English language and the way it is used and is currently a Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Michael Rosen Facts

    Michael Rosen had his first holiday job at the age of 14, he was a chicken plucker. He didn’t last very long at it as he was not very good at it.

    Rosen was the fifth Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009.

    In 2008 whilst he was the Children’s Laureate, he founded the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

    Our favourite Michael Rosen Book Characters

    George from This Is Our House

    Malcolm from Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed

    Our favourite Michael Rosen Book Quotes 

    We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day. We’re not scared!” (We’re going on a Bear Hunt)

    “Oh no they're bound to notice, aren't they, a whole chocolate cake doesn't just disappear does it?” (Chocolate Cake)

    “This is me being sad. Maybe you think I'm being happy in this picture. Really I'm being sad but pretending I'm being happy. I'm doing that because I think people won't like me if I look sad.” (Sad Book)
    3rd January 2019

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt in this special anniversary edition of the much-loved... More

    (261 reviews)
    7th April 2003

    Little Rabbit Foo Foo

    A hilarious biker bunny tale by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt . ... More

    (20 reviews)
    5th August 2021

    The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

    A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors. ... More

    (15 reviews)
    5th October 2017

    A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young

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

    (14 reviews)
    24th August 2017

    Chocolate Cake

    When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . . CHOCOLATE CAKE! Ohhh! I LOVED chocola... More

    (11 reviews)
    7th April 2022

    Rigatoni the Pasta Cat

    Rigatoni is a pasta cat. He loves pasta, any kind of pasta: spaghetti, penne, fusilli, with pesto, in soup, in lasagne, ... More

    (11 reviews)
    4th October 2018

    Hampstead the Hamster

    Christmas is coming, and what Leo wants more than anything in the world is a pet hamster. And guess what? He gets one on... More

    (10 reviews)
    4th November 2021

    Michael Rosen's Sticky McStickstick: The Friend Who Helped Me Walk Again

    A powerful and personal story from one of Britain's best-loved authors about his recovery from coronavirus. Aft... More

    (10 reviews)
    3rd January 2011

    Michael Rosen's Sad Book

    A heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Children... More

    (9 reviews)
    2nd July 2009


    Three young dinosaurs are having lots of fun trying to wake their sleepy Mum up, but nothing seems to work. All she doe... More

    (8 reviews)
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