Michael Rosen

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Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen (born May 7, 1946) is an English poet and children's novelist. He was the UK Children's Laureate until 2009.


  • Anyone who was once a child should have at least one children's book in them.
    • Macca the paperback writer, Guardian, (22 March 2005)[1]
  • Respect is fatal, isn't it?
    • Talking Shop, BBC News, (12 June 2007) link

Carrying the Elephant[edit]

  • He wanted to make a mirror. Glass, mercury and a wooden frame- the perfect mirror. But he was no good at it. So he went to the people he knew and asked them for a mirror. All they could give him were bits of old mirror. He took these home, stuck them on a board and hung it up. It's a mirror.
    • Foreword
  • "dear joe, your wild noisy huge brother is dead.
    I couldn't do what my parents did:
    bring two boys, four years apart through the maze."
  • It's nice of you to say you'll always remember him. You won't.
  • "People are good," he said. "They'll all
    be good to you. Except one."
  • "I mucked about with his hair. His shoes
    were where he left them. His shoes are where he
    left them."
  • "You ask me how it's possible for me to carry on. I wonder
    if I look like someone who looks like
    it's possible to carry on."
  • "Bloody music. I hate the way it infiltrates."
  • "It didn't work out the way it's supposed to."

Sad Book[edit]

  • "Sometimes because I'm sad I do bad things.
    I can't tell you what they are.
    They are too bad. And it's not fair on the cat."
  • Sad is anywhere. It comes along and finds you.
  • There must be candles.

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