Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids (Hardcover)

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids By Michael Rosen, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator) Cover Image

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids (Hardcover)

By Michael Rosen, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)


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Former British Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and award-winning artist Polly Dunbar join forces for thirty-two irresistible rhymes that revel in toddlers’ everyday lives.

Will you getti the spaghetti?
Don’t say, “Not yetti spaghetti!”
I’m all setti for spaghetti.

Fizzing with rhythm, energy, and laughter, this perfect gift-book introduction to poetry celebrates the day-to-day routines of early childhood. From the rise-and-shine exuberance of "Up, up, uppity-up!" to the sweet lull of “Hush and a hush/soft and low,” colorful pages abound with observations of ordinary moments, from brushing your teeth to digging in a sandbox, that mirror a childlike day-in-the-life. Poetic bounty at its best and brightest, this playful and affectionate read-aloud treasure will have toddlers clamoring for more, for the sheer fun of it.
Michael Rosen is a former British Children’s Laureate and one of the UK's most popular children's authors and poets. His best-selling books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, A Great Big Cuddle, and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, among many others. He lives in London.

Polly Dunbar is an award-winning author-illustrator whose books include Can Bears Ski?, A Lion Is a Lion, and the best-selling Penguin. She has also illustrated chapter books by David Almond and Michael Morpurgo, among others. She lives in Suffolk, England.
Product Details ISBN: 9781536224979
ISBN-10: 1536224979
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 64
Language: English
Endearing. . . the playful aesthetic will undoubtedly appeal to toddlers and preschoolers who are beginning to develop a love of language. The musicality of the writing encourages adults to share in the fun as they read the poems out loud—and ­perhaps invent whimsical rhymes of their own. . . . A delightful introduction to poetry; a valuable ­potential bonding experience for young children and their ­caregivers.
—School Library Journal

Dunbar’s watercolors, depicting a racially diverse cast of laughing, active children in pajamas or play clothes, reflect the celebratory tone of Rosen’s breezy miniverses, which are not only suitable for chanting or singing as well as silent reading, but are often structured to make it easy for children to add their own rhymes and embellishments. . . . Irresistible invitations to engage and interact with words.
—Kirkus Reviews

Dunbar’s loose-lined ink and watercolor illustrations, meanwhile, depict children of various abilities and skin tones engaging in the activities together. Pages abound with the glee that arises when each day promises new discoveries—linguistic and otherwise.
—Publishers Weekly

Arranged in order of a child’s day, Rosen’s poems are full of sound effects and not-quite-nonsense words. . . Don’t be surprised if these poems’ easily memorized and malleable short lines (“Bibble, bobble, bubble / dibble dobble double… / You can’t catch the bubble, / The bubble can’t catch me”) become household refrains.
—The Horn Book