HIS LIGHT, OFTEN PLAYFUL TOUCH MASKS ROSEN’S ERUDITION
‘‘ I’ve forgotten exactly why biros were banned other than that schools start off banning any new technology to do with writing.’’
In all his work he draws on his life and that of family members including his seven children (three wives). One of his most awarded and affecting works is Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, a profound but unsentimental story about the death from meningitis of his 18-year-old son.
In F is for Font he discusses fashions in teaching handwriting and wonders why, with the availability of computers and laptops, children are still being laboriously taught handwriting. He also thinks ‘‘ OK’’ is OK, exploring its likely origins. Why, he asks, are British English users so uptight about the simplified and phonetic American spelling