The Book Activist reviews A Great Big Cuddle - poems for the very young by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell

All ages!

Cuddles and puddles, mangos that tango and a terrible berrible... button bops lunchtime chants and rhymes about rattling radiators...

This brilliant collection of poems will have children jumping for joy and begging for more! Simple, joyful rhymes featuring wonderful characters throughout these poems draw on the best things about being young. Running, jumping, dancing, leaping, playing, eating are just some of the themes. And then some of the other things that happen when we’re young, like getting lost, being cross, being hungry and not getting what you want are featured too – in a very simple, easy to understand way. Everything that makes children the magical beings they are is celebrated in this collection!

Children can learn about the seasons, the animal world, and even looking after themselves. They will be able to identify with, and enjoy, many of the situations depicted in the poems – ‘Boing! Boing! ‘Let me do it’ ‘We can’ – as will their mummies and daddies!! This a perfect early introduction to the wonder of words through poetry. Every single poem is beautifully brought to life through gorgeous illustrations by the current Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. Bright colours and perfectly caricatured figures, whether they are human, animal or fantastical, positively leap from the pages.

Careful thought has gone into the use of font to help aid expression and enjoyment. It is no surprise Michael Rosen was joint winner of the CLPE Poetry Award 2016 for ‘A Great Big Cuddle’.

This is a must-have for every child’s bookshelf – and for every parent to enjoy reading aloud with their little ones!

Victoria Dilly
The Book Activist

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