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Nemo1986 Sat 08-Oct-16 15:31:27

I mean, I just.... don't think it's very good. Clearly he has massive appeal, but I just. don't. get. it.

Anyone else?

RandomDent Sat 08-Oct-16 15:35:52

I find it very hit and miss. Bear Hunt wasn't even his originally. I like the ones in Bananas In My Ears though.

Gallopingourmet Sat 08-Oct-16 15:53:15

I can't comment on his poetry but after his DS died suddenly he wrote this book called Sad. He seems to have effortlessly put into words how so many feel, myself and my own DS included, when someone you love very much dies.

HarryDresdensLeatherDuster Sat 08-Oct-16 16:13:28

Sorry, I know it takes all sorts, but you're nuts! I love his poems and his performances. 'The Sad Book' is very powerful and how can you not enjoy 'Chocolate Cake'??

DollyMcDolly Sat 08-Oct-16 16:22:45

I had never heard of him until my 8 year son started watching all his videos on YouTube. His favourite is Chocolate Cake. He usually hates poems and stuff like that. I'm pleased.

SolomanDaisy Sat 08-Oct-16 16:28:05

I love Michael Rosen's books, luckily as so does DS. Things like 'Our House' so have great themes for kids. DS mostly prefers longer books now, but he makes a regular exception for Happy Harry's Cafe.

On the other hand, if he's written a Poem for Corbyn I don't know about (not unlikely given his politics), it probably is a bit shit.

Justonemorecupoftea Sat 08-Oct-16 16:30:57

Chocolate Cake had my boys giggling and helped make poetry a good thing for them. For this I love him smile

Nemo1986 Sat 08-Oct-16 16:41:25

I know, I am weird.
But to my mind 'Chocolate cake' is really annoying because it's not really a poem, it's a story! Why has he chosen to make it a poem rather than a short story? What does it gain by being chopped up into about 60 short lines instead of a paragraph?

TheKitchenWitch Sat 08-Oct-16 16:48:30

I agree. I do not get it all.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Sat 08-Oct-16 16:49:37

I don't get it either really. Never found a Michael Rosen poem I loved, though I very much like the fact that he is willing to speak out about education and politics.

Backingvocals Sat 08-Oct-16 16:50:25

Agree. I find it charmless. Chopping up prose into bits does not equate to poetry

PeaceOfWildThings Sat 08-Oct-16 16:52:24

Do you also dislike his politics, OP, and does that have some influence on your distaste for his poems?

Palomb Sat 08-Oct-16 16:55:21

I don't like it either and Bear Hunt is one of the dullest books ever written

Nemo1986 Sat 08-Oct-16 16:55:50

Peaceofwildthings- Absolutely not, I am a hard-core socialist! I admire Michael Rosen as a person. I just do not like his poetry. At all.

Nemo1986 Sat 08-Oct-16 16:57:19

Palomb- You have absolutely no idea how wonderful it is to know I am not the only human (let alone Primary teacher) not to be in love with Bear Hunt.

Triskel Sat 08-Oct-16 16:58:17

I think you are being a bit unreasonable. Try buying his CDs where he reads them. Children love them. Better still a video so that you can see his face.

JustDanceAddict Sat 08-Oct-16 16:59:13

I like his poems, but I don't agree with him politically. He's very left-wing. I also hate Bear Hunt - thankfully my kids are older now, so I never have to read it again!

YokoUhOh Sat 08-Oct-16 16:59:31


Poetry doesn't have to rhyme, it can have an irregular metre, it's all about the sound/feel of the words in Michael Rosen's case. DS1 loves him (so do I!).

The way he encourages children to write and play with language is inspirational (my mum was taught a unit on Children's Literature by him at uni).

YokoUhOh Sat 08-Oct-16 17:01:35

I don't agree with his support of Corbyn (despite being left wing myself) but he is absolutely right about education policy, specifically literacy.

Maudlinmaud Sat 08-Oct-16 17:03:51

My students love his work. They also love to watch his clips on youtube. I think he is great fun.

MistressMerryWeather Sat 08-Oct-16 17:05:07

DS has just discovered Rosen thanks to his P5 teachers and we love him.

His poetry and stories have such a wonderful energy to them.

MistressMerryWeather Sat 08-Oct-16 17:06:08

I agree his youtube clips are brilliant, Maud.

Maudlinmaud Sat 08-Oct-16 17:07:26

And Bear Hunt is a wonderful book. All those lovely sounds to play with.

Branleuse Sat 08-Oct-16 17:16:16


Coconutty Sat 08-Oct-16 17:23:27

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