About Custard's Last Stand - Part 1 - STORY NASTY - Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen Video
Custard's Last Stand - Part 1 - STORY NASTY - Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen keeps bumping into a chatty old lady who tells him wildly unlikely stories - like there being man eating fleas on the London tube.
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This was a very strange children's book.
It is a collection of linked tales all told by 'the Bakerloo flea woman' an elderly woman the narrator keeps bumping into and who has led a very interesting life.
The book is steeped in London in quite a curious but realistic way. The blurb refers to the supernatural and to horror, so not my sort of thing in theory but intended for a young teenager.
My son was saying "Where's the horror?" - it would seem that giant fleas and killer wasps were not quite enough for him - and he had rather missed the everyday horror of twins being knocked down and killed on the road. When we came to the plague of mice and how the local wise woman disposed of them however, he was satisfied.
From there we moved on to that classic urban 'dodgy burger' tale to a really quite disturbing story of a very unPaddingtonish bear on the loose in the Metropolis.
I enjoyed the way it recreated the banality of conversation and the main protagonist being an ordinary woman of mature years doing all kinds of jobs - definitely not the passive onlooker.
Who is Michael Rosen?
My first book for children was called Mind Your Own Business and it came out in 1974. Quentin Blake did wonderful line drawings for it.
Ever since then, I’ve been doing these things:
Writing articles for newspapers and magazines
Going to schools, libraries and theatres and performing the poems in my books
Helping children write poems and stories
Making radio programmes, mostly about words, language or books
Appearing on TV, either reading books, or talking about books
Teaching at universities about children’s literature
Running workshops for teachers about poetry
In any week, I might be doing all of these things! To tell the truth, I don’t really know what I’m doing tomorrow, unless I look in my diary to see.