Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids

By Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and award-winning artist Polly Dunbar join forces for an irresistible new book of rhymes, inviting readers into a toddler's world over the course of a day.

I’m ready for spaghetti Will you getti the spaghetti? Don’t say, “Not yetti spaghetti!” ‘cos I’m all setti for spaghetti. Fizzing with rhythm, energy and laughter, the 30 poems in Ready for Spaghetti delight in the details of children's daily routines. "Up, up, uppity-up!", the first poem announces, while the artwork shows a child leaping out of bed, ready to begin their morning; "Hush and a hush, soft and low", chants the final poem, as children snuggle under their blankets after their day's adventures. Full of affectionate observations of young children, which are beautifully continued in Polly Dunbar's warm-hearted pictures, Michael Rosen's poems are ideal for reading aloud with toddlers ... and many grown-ups will soon know them by heart!

Categories: Anthology

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406377644
  • Published: 02 Jun 2022
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 260 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 64

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Customer reviews


'Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids […] is a fabulous collection of new rhymes for young readers. Michael Rosen has a special understanding of how little ones think and he weaves his wordsmith magic to full effect here. Each short poem captures a moment from childhood from the joy of waking up – "Up up uppity-up!” to being “all setti for spaghetti” at dinnertime. Polly Dunbar’s accompanying artwork perfectly captures the chaos and delights of childhood.' The Scotsman

'"This is a great book for a parent to share with a very young child and for teachers in the early years to read to their class. Children will quickly know their favourites and in no time will be reading along with the adult."' Books For Topics

'Michael Rosen and Polly Dunbar visit every corner of the small child’s sensory-world – the bathroom, the swings in the park, boiled eggs for breakfast, clouds, sucking up spaghetti, hugging teddy, baking cakes, leaping about, messing in the paddling pool, the sandpit – and weave around them eccentric rhyming spells and pictures which cannot fail to enchant and stimulate children aged three to seven.' The School Reading List

'Michael Rosen’s virtuosic text tracks the joy and wonder of being a toddler, a sense of freedom and excitement captured by Polly Dunbar’s soft yet bubbling illustrations. Rosen’s poems are meant to be read aloud, sung, shouted and giggled over. An absolute riot.' The best illustrated poetry for young bookworms, Irish Independent

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

'A beautiful book that will be enjoyed time and time again with parents, grandparents, siblings and on their own too.”' Totally Booked

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