Books by Michael Rosen

SEND FOR A SUPERHERO! by Michael Rosen
Released: May 27, 2014

"Although this approach has been used before, rarely has it been executed with such hilarious results. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An over-the-top comic-book adventure within a bedtime story aims for laughs. Read full book review >
AESOP'S FABLES by Michael Rosen
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Incorporating a vain crow, opportunistic wolves and foxes, talking trees and more, this collection both instructs and charms. (scholar's note) (Fables. 5-10)"
Prolific Brit Rosen and Canadian artist Hacikyan deliver 13 of the legendary fabulist's moral vignettes. Read full book review >
HAPPY HARRY'S CAFÉ by Michael Rosen
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Slim plot, weak humor and lackluster appeal will leave preschoolers asking for more substantial fare. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The picture-book crowd will most likely find this thin story bland and unsatisfying. Read full book review >
I’M NUMBER ONE by Michael Rosen
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Sure to provoke discussions about bullying, especially since retaliation, even in this rather gentle way, could be deemed controversial. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mother and daughter leave for the day while four toys and the dog stay home. Read full book review >
RED TED AND THE LOST THINGS by Michael Rosen
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A satisfying tale for all involved, from the adopted crocodile, satiated cat and found teddy bear to the readers who will delight in this sweet adventure. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Red Ted, accidentally left behind, is deposited in the Place for Lost Things. Read full book review >
BEAR’S DAY OUT by Michael Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Pure delight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A worthy successor to We're Going on a Bearhunt (1989), this rhythmic chant follows bear from his cave—"All alone? / All alone"—to the waves on the shore "By the sea? / By the sea!" Read full book review >
TOTALLY WONDERFUL MISS PLUMBERRY by Michael Rosen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Lee's pleasant watercolor-and-pencil illustrations have a light touch, nice colors and expressive faces and capture the details of Molly's classroom with items familiar to the audience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rosen is once again spot-on in addressing emotions. Read full book review >
DICKENS by Michael Rosen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Rewritten for teens who may be studying Dickens, this offering could be of great value, but as it is, the younger audience to whom it's aimed may be forgiven for passing it over. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following the same format as their work on Shakespeare (2001), Rosen and Ingpen seek to introduce young readers to Dickens's life and oeuvre. Read full book review >
OWW! by Michael Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"A comic tale, with several views of piglets flying through the air and a mild lesson about never refusing help. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Fans of Snore! (2001) will welcome this return to the same barnyard full of helpful animals. Read full book review >
MICHAEL ROSEN’S SAD BOOK by Michael Rosen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers burdened by similar loss will be touched by the honesty and perception here. (Picture book. 6-10)"
"Where is sad? Sad is anywhere. Read full book review >
HOWLER by Michael Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Layton's quick brushwork and scribbly lines further brighten this lively, equally droll follow-up to Rover (1999). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A dog's-eye view of family changes. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO AND JULIET by Michael Rosen
CLASSICS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Students and teachers have been waiting for this one. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Shakespeare fangeek Rosen has done the nearly impossible: produced an edited and elided version of the play both accessible and thrilling. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE by Michael Rosen
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Beautiful and engaging. (timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 10+)"
Rosen makes the life and work of Shakespeare vibrant and exciting in this perfectly splendid biography. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR HOUSE by Michael Rosen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 1996

"Overall, it's real cartoon drama. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 Nine kids drag a cardboard box into a playground, where George immediately takes over: ``This house is mine and no one else is coming in.'' The others try to get past him, but George won't let them inside—and he explains why not: ``This house isn't for girls,'' ``This house isn't for people with glasses,'' etc. After he temporarily vacates the box to go to the bathroom, he finds that the others have declared the house off-limits to ``people with red hair.'' George, who has red hair, has an epiphany: ``This house is for everyone!'' Rosen (A School for Pompey Walker, 1995, etc.) has written a persuasive and entertaining morality play. Read full book review >
CROW AND HAWK by Michael Rosen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Everything is in motion in these dynamic pictures, in this dynamic book. (Picture book/folklore. 3-8)"
 Rosen, Michael CROW AND HAWK A traditional Pueblo Indian tale, spectacularly illustrated with cut-paper collages—assemblages of sharp shapes, set against blue and clay-red backgrounds that are crammed with details to pore over. Read full book review >
MOVING by Michael Rosen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A familiar drama, developed with unusual sensitivity and style. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 A cat that treasures its independence (``No one knows what I do./No one knows where I go'') and its freedom to choose when to join its humans (``they have me to tickle,/I have their laps'') suffers the indignities of a move. Read full book review >
HOW GIRAFFE GOT SUCH A LONG NECK...AND WHY RHINO IS SO GRUMPY by Michael Rosen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Briskly, simply told and illustrated with humor and an outstanding use of graphic design, an entertaining tale that makes a natural lead-in to Kipling's explanation for the rhinoceros's notorious bad temper. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
 The publisher notes that ``Versions of this story are told in many parts of East Africa,'' crediting a printed source and adding that ``the artist has based his depiction of Man on early Masai tribesmen''—an auspicious introduction to another handsome collaboration by the creators of How the Animals Got Their Colors (1992). Read full book review >
SOUTH AND NORTH, EAST AND WEST by Michael Rosen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Notes on the artists (mostly British); history of Oxfam. (Folklore. 6-12)"
 Another anthology in aid of a cause. Read full book review >
HOW THE ANIMALS GOT THEIR COLORS by Michael Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"An outstandingly handsome, eye-catching book—one that's likely to be especially useful to storytellers and teachers. (Folklore. 3-9)"
 Nine pourquoi stories drawn from named sources such as Bulfinch, The Journal of American Folklore, and the work of various anthropologists. Read full book review >