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Review: A Great Big Cuddle

October 24, 2015

A Great Big Cuddle

I went into A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen with very high hopes – after all, it’s beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell and the title is so inviting.  This collection of poetry is targeted toward 3 to 7 year olds and, I’m sad to say, I found it very uneven.  Some of the poems are sweet and comforting but I thought a few of them, like this one, missed the mark.


Why did the man bend down low?
Why did the man eat some snow?
Why did the man get up and go?
Why did the man walk very slow?
Why did the man say, “I don’t know”?

The poem was illustrated with a snowman walking away from a child but that didn’t help me understand the poem so I’m not sure little ones will.

Some of the poems are silly and rhyming and are sure to please little ones.  There are 35 poems in this collection and, like any collection, you’ll enjoy some more than others.  Overall, though, I thought A Great Big Cuddle was good but not great.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2015 8:49 am

    I agree, the poem didn’t make much sense. I like the cover and I like that there are poetry books for kids.

  2. October 24, 2015 9:27 am

    Like Vicki, I agree about the poem but love the cover!

  3. October 26, 2015 8:36 am

    Ha- yeah, that poem doesn’t make any sense at all. Silly nonsense can be fun (I’m thinking of Shel Silverstein) but it still has to have some kind of structure!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    October 27, 2015 8:04 am

    I like the idea of introducing poetry to children who are so young because I think I missed out on that as a child. However, I admit that I didn’t get that one. Probably goes to show you that I should have been introduced to poetry earlier!

  5. October 27, 2015 3:20 pm

    That’s an odd poem to say the least. The only thing I can think of is that stage when kids all they do is ask why why why and barely let you answer them before moving onto the next why question. Not sure what the snowman illustration has to do with it.

    Sounds like it could be a good way to introduce kids to poetry…but I prefer Silverstein and Seuss.

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