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Jelly Boots Smelly Boots

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Published: 6 Sep 2018

Paperback / softback, 128 pages

Recommended for age 7+

By Michael Rosen

Illustrated by David Tazzyman

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Reading Gladiators Recommended Reads.

This book would be a great title for children who have enjoyed Poems Aloud, book 2 for our Year 2 Reading Gladiators 2021.

A riotous celebration of words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. MelonMelon squashy,melon sloshy. My friend Helen's eating melon.

So far, so goodwith Helenand her melon. But here's what I'm tellin'Helen:'Don't SIT on your melon, Helen!'Filled with colour illustrations and packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this collection will delight children of all ages. Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.

Tagged language and wordplay

Reviewed by Louise Birchall

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots is a sure-fire winner tried and tested in my classroom. There haven’t been as many laughs in my year one classroom as there were when I performed ‘Grandad’s Complaining About His Cold’ for quite some time! The children and I spent a happy week rehearsing and performing the poems in this hilarious collection. The illustrations did not only serve to illuminate the poems, the children also found that they helped to deepen their understanding of the poems where perhaps the vocabulary or wordplay was slightly beyond their comprehension.

I have been interested in working with my class this year on developing their understanding of wordplay and idioms. This collection of poems served to provide us with witty examples that challenged and entertained. The poem ‘To’, for example, presented me with a fantastic opportunity to teach the difference in meaning and spelling between to, too and two and resulted in as group of children creating a poster to explain the differences.

Michael Rosen, hilarious as he is, also manages to make you stop and think. Nestled in alongside the wild and exuberant, you will also find the thought-provoking. I won’t spoil them for you by discussing them here but take some time to delve into ‘Names’ and ‘Joining Things Together’. David Tazzyman’s illustrations add a further element of fun.

In Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots, Rosen continues to explore the rhythms and rhymes, sounds and stories and what wild fun and thoughtful meaning can be created when different words are coupled together. A short poem towards the end of the book summed up, for me, what Rosen is so good at. It’s called ‘Words’ and begins:

Words are presents

That we give each other…

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

I'm a year one teacher in Essex. I am slightly obsessed with picture books and illustration and spend much of my time rooting around bookshops for beautiful new finds. Other than that, I try my best to draw every day and dream of one day writing and illustrating my own picture book.