As the Children’s Laureate from 2007–2009, Michael Rosen is one of the most popular authors for children. His bestselling titles published by Walker Books include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, A Great Big Cuddle, Little Rabbit Foo Foo, Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, Tiny Little Fly and What Is Poetry? He is a distinguished critic and academic, is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths University, presents radio programmes for the BBC and is a political commentator. Michael lives in London. You can follow him on Twitter under the handle @MichaelRosenYes.
‘The Missing’ – By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” during World War II – told through prose and poetry. 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 travelled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution – and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.
‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ – For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and brave their way through the swirling, whirling snowstorm in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
‘One of our most popular children’s authors… Michael Rosen has a talent for saying much in the simplest way.’ – The Times
‘Rosen shows children every shade of life – dark and gloomy or bright and dazzling.’ – Guardian