HIS LIGHT, OF­TEN PLAY­FUL TOUCH MASKS ROSEN’S ERU­DI­TION

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books -

‘‘ 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

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