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Ready for Spaghetti

Book Synopsis

From two of the biggest names in children’s publishing, this is an inspiring guide to wordplay for young readers, their parents and teachers.
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!

Our Review Panel says...

Michael Rosen is a master of the word. He is a master of rhythm and rhyme and a master of the engagement of young children. This book is full of poems specifically aimed at the youngest children. It recognises that enabling children to hear and feel words in an enjoyable and engaging way, is not just a foundational skill for learning to read and write, but a fundamental entitlement for all children to be able to be introduced to the joy of playing with words.

The poems and rhymes follow the loose structure of a child’s day from the rhyme “Up” at the start to “Goodnight” at the end. In between comes rhymes that can accompany all sort of activities such as “On the swings” and feelings, like the rhyme “Happy”. The rhymes are simple and easily recalled but the joy for the child will also be in the illustrations by Polly Dunbar. Pictures of children illustrate each rhyme – my particular favourite is the illustration of the child ‘putting on’ her pyjamas to accompany the rhyme, “Jimmy Jams”.

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.

Reviewer: Jane Carter

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