Michael Rosen MA, PhD is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Winner of the Smarties Book Prize), Little Rabbit Foo-Foo; This Is Our House; and the acclaimed non-fiction title, Shakespeare, His Work and His World. He has written many books of poetry and is the presenter of Poems by Post on the BBC World Service and Word of Mouth on BBC Radio 4; he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997. Arthur Robins has worked as a freelance designer in the advertising industry, and as an illustrator for various magazines. His work has been exhibited in both London and New York. He has also illustrated numerous picture books and fiction titles for children, including The Magic Bicycle; The Teeny Tiny Woman; Mission Ziffoid; The Finger-eater; The Polecat Cafe; The Magic Boathouse; Impossible Parents; The Impossible Parents Go Green; The Last Chocolate Biscuit and Bertie Was a Watchdog.
PreS-K-- Little Rabbit Foo Foo hops through the forest, picking up various creatures--field mice, wriggly worms, tigers, and goblins--and bopping them on the head with his red mallet. The Good Fairy warns him to stop, but finally turns him into a goon. This slightly retold version of a popular children's song has a lot of energy; unfortunately, Rosen includes neither music nor even a preface to let readers know that the tune is the same as ``Down by the Railroad.'' The illustrations are bright, cheerful, and clearly detailed, if somewhat reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons. Amusing, but not an essential purchase--acting out the song is still more fun than reading it aloud. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
"Simple and hilarious... I laugh every time I think about it. Arthur Robins' pictures are a barely controlled riot." Susan Hill, The Sunday Times; "Full of life and hilarity... A compulsive story-time book." Child Education