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Don't Put Mustard in the Custard (Picture Books)

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Exactly, creative writing needs space to be creative! They are brilliant poems and even though I think this book is out of print now there are plenty of Michael Rosen poetry books available. Thank you for reading! As a child, it was refreshing to read these poems by Michael Rosen, published in a proper book, because guess what? Some of them DON’T RHYME! Scandalous. I had no idea how to even go about writing a poem that didn’t rhyme because it obviously wasn’t in the national curriculum then. I shared this book recently with my bigger boy and the poem that the title of the book is taken from, “ Don’t”, is his favourite. All the poems are fascinating and at a first glance some look as though they might not work, but, rest assured, they sure do. 'Keith's Cupboard' is an example, when he won't get his tent out for his friend to play with, his mother intervenes and says, 'Keith, why don't you get your tent out?' The cupboard opens and the toys, including the tent, cascade out all over the floor. 'They keep buying him all this stuff and he doesn't play with it,' says his pal.

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Nightmare' about a boy on the underground doesn't appear as though it works but once again, read aloud and most certainly when listened to be the author, it works to perfection. Ranzo the dog is a rather a troublesome pet at times but when settled down in his basket in front of the fire, he is ever so sweet! Today is World Poetry Day and to celebrate I thought I would review a book of poems by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake– Don’t Put Mustard in the Custard. My edition was published in 1987 by Fontana Picture Lions. I loved this book when I was younger, the poems in it are funny, silly and thought provoking. (Please excuse the unidentified smears of what I can only assume is food on the front cover there – a sign that a book has been truly loved by children.)I was always taught not to start sentences with ‘And’ or ‘But’ too. One of the first things I learned when I started work as a press officer in 1997 was that it’s perfectly acceptable. And I’ve been doing it ever since! I think it really livens up writing. This book is a combination of ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ and ‘You Can’t Put Mustard in the Custard’ which were highly acclaimed pieces of literature when they were first released. The book is full of varying poems in terms of length and topic. Michael Rosen’s talent to articulate everyday situations in a child’s life is amazing, coupled with Quentin Blake’s ability to bring these topics to life. My favourite poem in the book is ‘Digital Watch’ because I enjoyed the nonsensical play with words which left me smiling. The general style of the poems can all be said to be conversational, this vital as it would allow children to easily relate to the pieces of writing. Michael Rosen has again teamed up with Quentin Blake to bring their two very popular poetry books together: ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ and ‘Don’t Put Mustard in the Custard’. A generous collection of poems with varying lengths detailing Rosen’s observations and comments on daily occurrences and random spoken words. With Blake’s vivid full-colour illustrations and Rosen’s conversational and occasionally nonsensical prose this book could engage with children completely on their level making it a delightful read.

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You Can’t Catch Me' and 'You Can’t Put Mustard in the Custard' were first published 25 years ago and were groundbreaking collections of poems for children. The poems in this book capture thoughts from a child’s eye view perfectly. As adults we stop spending as much time pondering small things like why Keith, who has so many toys, never plays with them in the poem “ Keith’s Cupboard”. We are often So consumed by time and schedules that we completely bypass the wonderful amount of things there are to procrastinate with in the bathroom like the boy in “ Bathroom Fiddler”. And we sometimes forget just how absolutely great it is to be cuddled as the baby in “ Who Likes Cuddles?” shows us. These tiny snippets of life that pass us by are fascinating to children and are the basis of many many questions that any parent of small children is used to answering every day. There is even a poem about them in this book too, “ Who? Why? Where? What?” I love this collection of poems for children. There are funny poems, sad poems, poems that touch on all different aspects of childhood and everyday family life. The poems are made to be read aloud, as if you are just having a conversation with someone. They are also perfect for whatever time of the day; they can be used for bed time stories or for acting out poetry within the classroom.Don't put confetti on the spaghetti and don't squash peas on your knees. Don't put ants in your pants don't put mustard in the custard ... This is a collection of Michael Rosen’s best poems, together with a CD for an audio book. I hadn’t read Michael Rosen since childhood – I had remembered his delight of nonsense words, but as an adult I appreciated the way he captures life from the child’s viewpoint. Some made me laugh, others made me cry. Oh! What a fabulous read. Very good collection of neat, lucid, and beautiful poems. Brilliant illustrations, as always, by Quentin Blake.

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