November 21, 2017

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A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen | SLJ Review

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agretbigcuddleROSEN, Michael. A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young. illus. by Chris Riddell. 80p. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763681166.
Toddler-PreS–This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please the prereading crowd. Most of the entries are a page or less, and although they are often nonsense, they are notable for their joyful rhymes and bouncy rhythm. The text often echoes the style of traditional nursery rhymes, working with nonsense words and made-up characters to bring fun and action to poetry. The illustrations are large and playful and vary in style from very realistic to out of this world but will surely appeal to babies and toddlers. The large format makes this title good for sharing, and children will likely find favorite poems that they will wish to hear again and again. VERDICT An excellent choice for prereaders and very young children, as well as anyone with a love for nursery rhymes.–Ellen Norton, Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL

This review was published in School Library Journal’s October issue. 

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