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A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young

Michael Rosen. Chris Riddell, illus
Item #: D73654
Format: Cloth
Pages/Publication Date: 74 / 2015
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763681166
No Longer Available

In exuberant, bouncy language—even the fonts and text arrangements are expressive—former British Children's Laureate Michael Rosen offers this collection of playful rhymes and nonsense verse for readers and listeners 3 to 6, populated with colorful characters like wiggly, jiggly pigs and accident-prone bears, a big blue monster and an unlikely pair of friends named Gruff (a grumpy dog) and Dave (a jumpy frog). Two-time Kate Greenaway Medalist Chris Riddell gives these animals, monsters, and their human friends plenty of personality in his watercolor cartoons.

"This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please the prereading crowd.... An excellent choice for prereaders and very young children, as well as anyone with a love for nursery rhymes."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"The oversized volume is beautifully designed and laid out, and at his best Rosen writes with echoes of great childhood poets such as Milne (as in the domestic simplicity of 'Coming Home') and Lear (in the nonsensical joys of 'Once')."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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