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This is a collection of poetry for children, written by Michael Rosen, and illustrated by Quentin Blake.


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This is a collection of poetry for children, written by Michael Rosen, and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

44 review for Mind Your Own Business (Picture Books)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    There are times when you need some humor, and one of those times is now. Mind Your Own Business is silly poetry by the wonderful Michael Rosen, and it's filled with equally silly illustrations by the amazing Quentin Blake. My favorites were the wildly rhyme-y poems that made no sense whatsoever but were fun to say aloud. A 1001 Children's Book. There are times when you need some humor, and one of those times is now. Mind Your Own Business is silly poetry by the wonderful Michael Rosen, and it's filled with equally silly illustrations by the amazing Quentin Blake. My favorites were the wildly rhyme-y poems that made no sense whatsoever but were fun to say aloud. A 1001 Children's Book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kiera

    This poetry anthology is entertaining and covers a variety of issues particularly relevant to children. The vast range of poems contain many poetic techniques that can be explored with children in the classroom. I enjoyed the poem beginning with 'If you don't put your shoes on before I count fifteen' (page 24-25). It plays around with the concept of a parent tediously counting in order to rush their child to hurry up and do something, commonly experienced by parents and children in their everyday This poetry anthology is entertaining and covers a variety of issues particularly relevant to children. The vast range of poems contain many poetic techniques that can be explored with children in the classroom. I enjoyed the poem beginning with 'If you don't put your shoes on before I count fifteen' (page 24-25). It plays around with the concept of a parent tediously counting in order to rush their child to hurry up and do something, commonly experienced by parents and children in their everyday lives. The poem is formatted as a dialogue between a mother and her child. The child's remarks can be perceived as witty and cheeky and act as a way of prolonging the mother's counting by prompting her to respond to the comments made. The fact that the counting starts to include fractions of a second once the mother reaches fourteen is funny as quite accurately mirrors real life where seconds are dragged out to further rush a child along. I found the poem describing an interaction between a crow and horse (page 45) interesting. The crow mentions 'how green everything is' which causes the horse to respond in disagreement while stating that 'everything looks pink'. The two animals delve into conversation about who is seeing the right colour and the crow mentions that he only sees pink because, when he was born, everybody said his eyes were pink. The creatures fail to come to an agreement so the crow flies off 'to make his nest in the clear green sky'. This causes the reader to realise that the crow thinks that he is seeing everything in the colour green and not meaning that the spring landscape looks alive and fresh as first understood through the initial reading. This causes the reader to contemplate the crow's early life experience that has impacted on why he sees the world as green. The anthology contains illustrations by Quentin Blake which remain simplistic yet add an element of interest when reading the poems.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Quentin Blake's illustrations hold the collection together and give each a little added meaning that keeps the whole from becoming a little dull or loose. Many of the quirky little poems are so pointed and true that I'm still astonished that they only fit on 4 lines. Then there are others that ramble around a bit too much for my attention - though those that ramble are mostly about rambling nature so perhaps I'm just not a nuturist at heart. The subject matter of many of the poems (loneliness, fea Quentin Blake's illustrations hold the collection together and give each a little added meaning that keeps the whole from becoming a little dull or loose. Many of the quirky little poems are so pointed and true that I'm still astonished that they only fit on 4 lines. Then there are others that ramble around a bit too much for my attention - though those that ramble are mostly about rambling nature so perhaps I'm just not a nuturist at heart. The subject matter of many of the poems (loneliness, fear, brothers) makes me also wonder if they're weren't written as more a personal journey and remembrance of childhood, rather than as a concerted consideration of making this a book for specifically for children.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rita Bradley

    I find that Rosen's collection of poetry can become very repetitive and sometimes even boring because the stanzas drag and the lines are usually pointless. They mostly rhyme and are quite funny, but can easily make the reader get frustrated and lose interest. It may however help very young children who are learning how to read because it is simple and basic. I find that Rosen's collection of poetry can become very repetitive and sometimes even boring because the stanzas drag and the lines are usually pointless. They mostly rhyme and are quite funny, but can easily make the reader get frustrated and lose interest. It may however help very young children who are learning how to read because it is simple and basic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom Tolkien

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    Nathan

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    Christina Packard

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennet

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ella

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Wiemer

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aero Digjaya

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  13. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Foster

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tiffiny

  15. 5 out of 5

    Electric Dust

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simon

  17. 4 out of 5

    Simon K

  18. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Solinas

  19. 4 out of 5

    School Reading List

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ann-Marie Parsons

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jude Brigley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellinor

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Robinson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fjóla

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Randall

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dalida

  29. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn Marlett

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    Tanya

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    Beth

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    Lorena Martínez

  34. 4 out of 5

    Shalini Noronha

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    Alana

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    Anamichelle Hanson

  37. 4 out of 5

    Notbrownbighair

  38. 5 out of 5

    Madison Long

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    Katt Hansen

  40. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  41. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  42. 4 out of 5

    anotherseriouslady

  43. 4 out of 5

    Maura

  44. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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