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Tea in the Sugar Bowl, Potato in my Shoe

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Author: Michael Rosen / Illustrator: Quentin Blake / Hardcover: 32 pages / Publisher: Walker Books Ltd / Published: 4 Aug 1997

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      09.02.2013 10:20
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      Tea in the sugar bowl book

      Tea in the sugar bowl, potato in my shoe is a collection of poems from the children's author Michael Rosen. The synopsis on the back of the book tells us this, "Beginning with the chaos of breakfast and ending with the calm of bedtime, this quirky collection of poems by the Smarties Book Prize Winner, Michael Rosen, is full of delightful moments. Read of the pleasures of messing about and the pains of feeling ill, of animal antics down at the doctor's and strange goings-on on the beach... All this and a trip on a flying bed

      WE haven't really read many poems books before in our house but this one caught my eye as we have a lot of Michael Rosen books that we read and enjoy so I thought we might enjoy this one too. It also caught my eye because it is a very yellow coloured eye catching book with some very quirky illustrations on the front. I thought I recognised the illustrations and yes, lo and behold, they are done by the very famous illustrator Quentin Blake. He is probably most famous for his work on the Roald Dahl books and this cover definitely looked like something straight out of The Twits to me so that is why I recognised it.

      These poems are great because they are all tailored for little children and so they are relevant and topical. My children find them funny because they are a bit silly and a bit wacky but this is what makes them laugh the most. I also like the way that Rosen has captured the everyday life of parents and children so well and translated this into poem form. For example in the poem Breakfast time there is a stanza that says, "The cat's on the table eating someone's bacon, someone's wiped butter on their trousers. Someone's poured tea into the sugar bowl, the baby is eating eggshells. When is it? Breakfast time. That totally sounds like breakfast time in my house and I'm sure countless others across the country.

      Another one of our favourites is What if.... I encourage my children to dream all the time and tell them that they can achieve anything so this poem is great as one of the stanzas says, What if they made children sized submarines you could get into and go off underwater looking at people's feet and you could find old wrecked ships and glide about finding treasure. Talk about a poem to spark the imagination, this is definitely one of them.

      There are 9 poems in this book so quite a few to keep you entertained. I highly recommend this book for some light funny bedtime reading. We have the paperback version, ISBN 978-1-4063-4668-8 and it costs £5.99 from Walker.co.uk.

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