jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 26th June 2019

As regular readers to this Blog will know we love Lowdham Book Festival. One of the best events of the year, probably the best book event. With brilliant authors plugging first class books in a variety of fantastic venues. This year they have celebrated their 20th Year.

On Monday night we went to see Michael Rosen. He was amazing as good if not better than his books.

He was talking about his latest book which is the first part of his biography and is obviously very much removed from his usual children’s books and yet just as funny.

The rich characters of his life and his journey through growing up and education illustrate profoundly why he has become the success he has in the literary world.

As I enjoyed his talk so much I thought I’d mention two of my favourite children’s books of his and unusually for this Blog, an adult book, but it is such a good book.


A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen  (Author), Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Hardcover: 80 pages

Age Range: 2 – 7 years

Publisher: Walker Books

This is a book full of sumptuous poems to excite anyone along worth equally sumptuous pictures. It keeps children and adults entertained for eternity.

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

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



We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (CBH Children / Picture Books) by Michael Rosen  (Author), Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)

Paperback: 40 pages

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Walker Books; New Ed edition

The classic Bear Hunt. Don’t you just love it?

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!


So They Call You Pisher!: A Memoir by Michael Rosen (Author)

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Verso Books;

‘If you didn’t know whether to risk doing something, what’s the worst that could happen? ‘So they call you pisher!”

In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave ‘the Party.’ Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to march against the bomb at Aldermaston, writing and performing in experimental political theatre and getting arrested during the 1968 movements.





“The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney


Happiness is…reading “A Great Big Cuddle to grandchildren and talking about the pivtures.


Last week a hypnotist convinced me that I’m a soft malleable metal with an atomic number of 82. I’m easily lead.


Love is… being together for years and still smooching


Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & the Pirates

Highest Chart Position: No.1 4th August 1960

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