Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell have teamed up to publish a collection of wonderful poems for young children, called A Great Big Cuddle. It’s a big, beautiful book full of Michael Rosen’s poems and illustrated by Chris Riddell. It’s out now from Walker Books.
Check out these great videos of Michael Rosen performing some of his poems from A Great Big Cuddle. I love his poems but seeing him perform them is terrific. He’s got a fascinating face that is incredibly animated when he performs.
Stray by Rachael Craw
It’s hard to remember hating anything as much as I hate Affinity; a bone-deep loathing for the faceless unknown and the concrete walls of my own DNA. Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to protect, and the Affinity Project have finally come for her. But Evie isn’t ready for the sinister organisation to take control of her life, her body, her mind. She isn’t ready to follow their rules about who may live and who must die – not when it condemns the innocent. She has one option: risk losing everything and everyone – including Jamie – and run.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…
A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell
The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the most remarkable way what it means to be very, very young. A child’s world with all its details and feelings – toys and games,
animals and made-up creatures, likes and dislikes – is vividly conjured up in the most memorable, playful language, and Chris Riddell has produced some his most extraordinary pictures ever to bring this world to life. It’s a book that will be enjoyed
by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child – and a future classic.
There is an awesome new website that’s just been launched in the UK where you can read, listen to and download a new story from a different author every Monday and it’s all FREE. It’s called Story Cloud and it runs from 18 June to 3 September 2012.
To read the stories you click on one of the icons and choose to read or listen to the story. Then go and find the surprises in the pictures and see the challenges and tasks for you to write your own story. It’s a great resource for primary teachers to use or for a boredom buster for the school holidays.
This week’s story is called The Talent Show, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kristyna Litten. Other stories to come are written by David Almond, Malorie Blackman, Debi Gliori and Philip Ardagh. Check it out now at www.storycloud.co.uk.