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Chocolate Cake- A Poem Re-Imagined

It is always gives me great delight to share new poetry books. A few days ago I added another one to my ever expanding collection. 

This one has particular significance as it concerns my all time favourite Michael Rosen poem, 'Chocolate Cake.' The poem is presented in Rosen's preferred narrative verse style.

I have lost count of the times I have shared this poem with young poets. I never tire of reading it. When asked about my favourite poem, I never hesitate to respond to eager, young poets, 'That's easy -Chocolate Cake.'

The poem first appeared in Michael Rosen's anthology, 'Quick Let's Get Out Of Here.' published in 1983.

This famous poem has now been re-imagined as a picture book. The poem is full of mischief, forbidden fun and lots of chocolate filled moments. Kids love it; making requests for multiple readings. What better recommendation can a poem receive?

Some modifications have been made to the original poem -additional words and sounds, but it remains a wonderful recounting of a child's misadventure with a favourite treat. I strongly urge all poetry tragics to obtain a copy before they get gobbled up...


'When I was a boy
I had a favourite treat
It was when my mum made...
Chocolate cake!'

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