11.13.2015

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell


A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young is such a perfectly splendid collection of poetry that you will forget all about Mother Goose, if you even have a copy in your house, which I suspect fewer and fewer parents do these days. Michael Rosen, former British Children's Laureate and author of the modern classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and  Chris Riddell, illustrator and author extraordinaire who has a way with cuteness that is never saccharine, are the ideal pair to create a book like A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young.

The thirty-five poems in A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young are sure to engage listeners, with their sing-song-y simple rhymes and silly words and imagery. Rosen also hones in on subjects little listeners will instantly relate to, with titles like, "I Am Angry," "Are You Listening?," "I Don't Want," and "Let Me Do It."



Then, there are Chris Riddell's amazing illustrations. Every page is a visual treat, and Riddell masters his characters, whether he is drawing children, animals or monsters. To round out the perfection of A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young, the font suited to each and every poem. The color and size change of the font with the tone of each poem, drawing little eyes to the words on the page in preparation for learning to read!



A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young is a perfect gift for a newborn, but don't hesitate to give it to a toddler or even a slightly older child. The poems are so fun and the illustrations are so engaging that I can imagine emerging readers being drawn to this amazing collection as well!

Source: Review Copy

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