English - Book review

30th September 2011 at 01:00

Even My Ears are Smiling by Michael Rosen

Following the publication of the much-loved Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy, former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen has produced another zany book of children's poetry.

Beautifully illustrated by Babette Cole, the author mixes classic favourites, to which he's given a lyrical twist, with his own new work. And you can listen to Rosen reading them on the CD included with the book.

Favourites for adults are sure to be the revamped versions of classic tongue twisters - spiced up by Rosen to confuse those of us who remember being tormented by them in the past. The old rhyme "She Sells Sea Shells" becomes "He tells tea-tales on the see-saw, the tales that he tells are tea-tales, I'm sure. He sells tea towels on the see-saw .' And there is plenty more where that came from.

Then there are his delicious flights of childlike fancy: A Dangerous Raisin, Attacked by a Banana, A Cow is a Beautiful Bird, and watch out for the dog with the angry man!

Children will be delighted with these tales, but they will also be a rare pleasure for adults who get the chance to relate them.

Even My Ears Are Smiling, by Michael Rosen, is published by Bloomsbury, pound;12.99

What else?

Visit TES Resources to find out more about the poet Michael Rosen and his work. Visual literacy resources are also available.



Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today