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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Poetry Friday--A Great Big Cuddle

We're back to a regular Poetry Friday schedule now that the holidays are over! The book I'd like to introduce you to today just came in. It's A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen (illustrated by Chris Riddell) [J 821 ROS].

Overall, this book is quite appealing for toddlers and children up to about kindergarten age. The poems are mostly short, rhythmic, silly, and invite the child to participate either through movement or vocalization. The reader could certainly have a good time reading it aloud, too!

He's a poem from the book that will give you an idea of what's in store:

The illustrations are bright, but not glaringly so. They're what I can only describe of as soft and full of humor. The fonts come in many colors and are of multiple sizes. And, the poems are laid out in ways fitting to each.

The one objection I have is the size of the book. It is approximately 10 1/2 X 11 1/2," which doesn't sound particularly large, but could be a problem if the reader is trying to hold it open with a wiggly child on her lap.

I would recommend the title for use in story hours, and, if you're looking for a baby shower gift, you can't go wrong with this one!

The Opposite of Indifference is the place to be for the Poetry Friday Round-Up hosted by Tabatha Yeatts.


  1. Diane, thank you for sharing the book. I am a fan of Michael Rosen but did not hear about this one. Great gift. Happy New Year.

    1. The Michael Rosen who wrote this book is from the U. K., perhaps you were thinking of the American children's writer, Michael J. Rosen?

  2. I wasn't aware of this Michael Rosen title either. Thanks for the review and peek.

    1. There are two Michael Rosens, both write poems for children! (See comment above.)