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Chocolate Cake

Quite a few people recently have asked me where they can find the words of 'Chocolate Cake'. As you probably know there is a video of me performing 'Chocolate Cake' right here, along with 91 other poems filmed by my son Joe plus some other videos of me in performance from BBC Learning in Scotland and the like.

The words of 'Chocolate Cake' are in my book of poems: 'Quick Let's Get Out of Here'. It's in print and published by Puffin Books.

In Print List

As a reminder, my books of my own poems in print are:

(for younger readers)

Mustard,Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy (Bloomsbury)
Something's Drastic (HarperCollins Education)
Even My Ears are Smiling (Bloomsbury)
Bananas in my Ears (Walker)
Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense (Hodder)
Even More Nonsense (Hodder)
No Breathing in Class (Puffin)

(for older readers)

Quick Let's Get Out of Here (Puffin)
You Wait Till I'm Older Than You (Puffin)
Centrally Heated Knickers (Puffin) (these are poems that have link to ideas of science)
Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things


WARNING: YouTube is a 'free-for-all' site. Quite a few people have fun taking my videos and making new versions of them, known as 'poops' or 'YTPs' Many of these are not suitable for young children. I am not responsible for either the words or pictures of these. If you want to be sure that you're looking at videos that I made, please only go through this site. Or, if you look closely on YouTube you'll see the tag 'artificedesign' . Click on that and you'll see a 'room' of all 92 videos that I filmed specially for this site.

The Hypnotiser (out of print) - nearly all the poems from this book are here as videos on this site.

Michael Rosen Live - a video of me in performance in a theatre available from jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk


There are several audio versions of my work:

Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy (Bloomsbury) includes a CD of the book
Even My Ears are Smiling (Bloomsbury) includes a CD of the book.

A firm called Abbey Media put out audio versions (performed by me) of:

Quick Let's Get Out of Here
Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes
Sonsense Nongs (me singing silly songs accompanied by Peter Gosling who once played 'Captain Keyboards' on TV - great fun for car journeys!)

I am reading quite a few poems at the Poetry Archive.


Previous News

New Series of Free Videos

I have just released a new series of videos titled 'Poems And Stories About My Family'. The poems are all taken from my books and this series of performances was produced by my son Joe. You can watch them now here!

Poems And Stories About My Family

Warning For Parents and Teachers

Please please please play or download my videos from this site only. These are the only videos officially sanctioned by me as being suitable for children. If you go to YouTube to download or play videos, I can take no responsibility for the material you or  the children in your care watch. Please be warned: just because my face and/or voice is on a YouTube page, it does not follow that it has anything to do with me.

YouTube is an ‘open’ site, which means that the videos belong to anyone and everyone. Anyone can take them and do what they want with them.

Please take note of this.


Here are some reviews of ‘Tiny Little Fly’:



Tiny Little Fly

TINY LITTLE FLY. Text copyright © 2010 Michael Rosen. Illustrations copyright © 2010 Kevin Waldron. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

February Roundup

This is an interesting blog on children’s writing, education and poetry by Anthony Wilson.

Here’s me taking part in a Guardian podcast with discussion about books.

You can watch a video of me performing with the Homemade Orchestra here.

I was asked to choose a Champion of the Week for the Guardian – David Crystal – and then several debates broke out.

This is an article I wrote about global English for the BBC News Magazine.

Government withdraws all funding from free books for children programme, and my response – once in the article and once more in the thread below!

Here’s my article on it.

This is an article I wrote about libraries for ‘The Sun’ newspaper

This is an article I wrote for ‘Socialist Review’.

Audios And Videos

If you want audios of my poems, silly songs and a bit of story-telling go to Abbey Media.

Look for these 4 CDs – ideal for long car journeys:

1. ‘Kids Aloud: Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes’ (me reading from the book – you can buy the book from Jan and Kate at jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk).
2. ‘Kids Aloud: Sonsense Nongs’ (me singing silly songs from my book ‘Sonsense Nongs’ published by A & C Black).
3. ‘Quick Let’s Get Out of Here’ (me reading the whole book, same title published by Puffin).
4. ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ (me reading the book (now included in ‘Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy’ published by Bloomsbury) plus me telling some other stories).


Repeat announcement: you can buy a DVD of my live show including some of the poems from ‘Michael Rosen’s Big Book of Bad Things’ (Puffin) – as available from Jan and Kate at jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk

December Bits

Here is the longlist for the Warwick Prize for writing, which I am co-judging .

Warwick Prize

I’ve helped do some additions to the London Grid for Learning present Perform a Poem. I have chosen a top ten performance films. Please show the children you know and teach.

Here is an interview with me in the USA’s Publishers’ Weekly.

Here is a write-up of this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize in Guardian.

Here’s a write-up of my visit to Harrowden School in Bedford.

Here’s my recommended read for the New Statesman.

Here’s a review of ‘Tiny Little Fly’.

Tiny Little Fly

Here’s a teaching suggestion from the British Council with my poem ‘Orange Juice’ from ‘Quick Let’s Get Out of Here’.

Here’s a review of my book of ‘Poems for the Very Young’.

Where Will I Be?

Some people have been asking me recently, when am I next doing a public performance in London?

I’ll be on at Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE  - Tel: 020 7637 1848

Sunday December 18

Latest News and Reports of What I’ve Been Up To

A great evening happened in Dalston.

Interview with me in Reading University’s magazine.



Here’s me interviewing the wonderful French novelist and champion of books, reading and books in schools, Daniel Pennac.

Here’s me trying to save libraries.

Manchester Literature Festival write-up of me performing.


I think you can download the BBC 2 TV programme I presented about Heath Robinson, here.

Here’s the critic Brian Alderson writing about my very first poetry book for children: ‘Mind Your Own Business’

Come to this wonderful poetry video site. I’ve recorded several poems here that I’ve never recorded anywhere else:

Lovely write-up of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival with a walk-on part for me!


The wonderful children’s books magazine, Books for Keeps has done a feature on me and my new book: ‘Michael Rosen’s Big Book of Bad Things’.

Here’s a  Guardian newspaper blog thread about spelling, grammar and punctuation that I contributed to.

A scandal about Shelley I wrote up for the Guardian at Comment is Free.

I’m a powerpoint presentation!

Roald Dahl Funny Prize news...and the full list here.

Funny Prize


Interview with artist Kevin Waldron re our new book: ‘Tiny Little Fly’ .

This is me arguing with Simon Heffer about ‘Correct English’ on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Nightwaves’

Here’s a write-up of me working with sixth formers at BSix college in Hackney.


This is me on the Blue Peter website answering some questions from viewers.

This is me 'Backstage at Bookaboo' talking to Bookaboo for ITV.

Winnie the Witch

Here’s me reading ‘Winnie the Witch’ reading for the Meningitis Research Foundation. Every download you make contributes to this vital charity.

Winnie The Witch


'Big Book of Bad Things' Reviews

I've had some nice online reviews for ‘Michael Rosen’s Big Book of Bad Things’.





New Things

I have two publications that you may be interested in:

1. A DVD ‘Michael Rosen Live’ of me performing a selection of poems from ‘Michael Rosen’s Book of Bad Things’ and some of the older books. It’s a performance in front of a live audience, lasting about an hour and is available from
Jan and Kate Powling on jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk

2. I have republished ‘Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes’ along with selected stories and poems from ‘Arabian Frights and other Gories’.  If you’re interested in buying a copy write to me at michael@michaelrosen.co.uk.

hairy tales

If you’re a school that has booked me to come and see you, don’t forget to order some from Jan and Kate on jan@speakingofbooks.co.uk

October Roundup

Here’s a Guardian podcast of me talking about ‘the books that made me’.

Here’s an interview that some children did with me from a school called Northwood.

Michael Rosen


Here’s what I wrote on a Guardian blog about children’s humour.

Here’s a podcast of me and a band called The Dulce Tones, performing a poem I wrote about urban regeneration schemes - called ‘Regeneration Blues’.

New Books

Two new books on the way:

A new book of poems called:
‘Michael Rosen’s Big Book of Bad Things’ (Puffin) due out later this year

Big Book of Bad Things

...and a new picture book called
‘Tiny Little Fly’ illustrated by Kevin Waldron (Walker)

Tiny Little Fly


July News Roundup

Here is my latest news from March to June 2010:

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize winding up again for 2010.

This is an article I wrote for the New Statesman magazine about the revamped Jewish Museum in Camden, London.

Coming up is the English and Media Centre’s Emag conference for sixth formers. This is how it’s billed.

Every Child a Talker have put up 6 videos of me talking about talk (!) and performing live with children ‘Bear hunt’ and ‘My name’s Joe’

Here’s a short Guardian article about family holidays.

A nice mention here: ‘Rosen to the occasion’ (!)

…and here on a visit to a school in Bromley.

Short interview at Teach Well Teach Often.

I was asked to give a quick speech to open the restored and updated West House in the Memorial Park in Pinner. I used to walk past this house on the way to school every morning and it was where my mother used to do Scottish Dancing lessons, It’s not re-opening as a gallery space and archive for the artist and cartoonist, William Heath Robinson. Here’s how the local newspapers wrote up the day; Harrow Observer and Harrow Times.

Fred and Anne Jarvis Award

I was awarded the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award by the National Union of Teachers for ‘campaigning for education’. My parents were longstanding members of the NUT, my mother campaigned for equal pay for women, and my father for comprehensive education so it was a proud moment for me to receive this.


Teachers – videos of me doing my poems. And they’re for free!

Here are some videos of me performing poems that you can download straight on to your whiteboards. Unlike my YouTube videos, I don’t think these will be blocked. Here are the first ones that they have uploaded. More to come.

Authors Live

Authors Hotline

Here’s a great new site called Authors Hotline. This is my page.

Old TV show

Here’s me having a chat with a talking sheep from an ancient TV show called ‘Ghost Train’

Articles and Podcasts

Here’s an article about Benjamin Zephaniah and me by Lara Saguigag. It comes from Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.

Here’s an article I wrote for the Independent some time ago about going back to my old secondary school, Watford Grammar School.

Here’s a podcast of me at the Institut Francais (French Institute) in London talking to the French writer Gregoire Solotareff  and then doing a show – audio file


Older News

To browse an index of older news stories, visit the News Archive.


News for Adults

For a selection of News stories aimed at Adults, Teachers and Journalists please click here.





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