A Great Big Cuddle
Walker Books (3+)
A new collection of poems from Michael Rosen that delight with rhythm, noise and energy. This is a book for the very young, but one which their adults will enjoy sharing with them again and again.
This is an unusual size for a picture book, but the layout of each poem works to give the reader a different experience every time a page is turned. The poems requiring movement have that in abundance in both typography and in the illustration. The simple primary colour palette makes the illustrations bold and engaging. There is a creative use of the vignettes that really adds to the textual experience. The illustrations underline the nonsense of the poetry making this a very satisfying and distinctive experience. Two people at the height of their powers combining to make a great book for very young people.
Chris Riddell is one of the country's finest children's book illustrators. He has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal - for Pirate Diary and Gulliver's Travels. He is a political cartoonist for the Observer and has collaborated with Paul Stewart on the extremely popular Edge Chronicles and Muddle Earth series. In recent years he has had success writing and illustrating his own books, including the Ottoline stories and Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, which won a Costa Book Award. Chris lives in Brighton.