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Michael Wayne Rosen (born 7 May 1946) is an English children's author and poet, known for his work on YouTube where he tells his stories, complete with exuberant and hilarious expressions and gestures. He is most famous in Britain for his "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" song, and he's a hugely popular source for YouTube Poop, mainly because his wide usage of words and virtually seamless videos give YTP makers maximum freedom in sentence mixing his videos and telling wholly different stories. His material can be found at his YouTube channel, previously known as "artificedesign", which was set up specially by one of his children Joe.


Tropes that apply to him:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: He was reportedly amused by the numerous remixes and YouTube Poops made from his poems, one of them being "Babyshitter". Rosen however took umbrage at the more offensive ones and "tried to get the racist, antisemitic ones taken down."
  • Cool Old Guy: Absolutely. Not many men his age can say they're a successful author and an internet sensation.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: A rather famous one, present in nearly all his videos. If you don't want to look it up on Youtube, it's the page image. Sort of.
  • Gentle Giant: He's around six-feet tall and is well known for being a friendly, well spoken and kind hearted man.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: He was born and raised Jewish, however some sources state he now identifies as an atheist (this has been unconfirmed as he talks well of Jewish culture in several of his poems, though it is admittedly not incompatible with atheism).
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  • Large Ham: He ticks all the boxes, with his ridiculous facial expressions.

Tropes in his poems and stories:

  • Anthropomorphic Food: "Fast Food" describes a hamburger running away from the bar where he's about to be fried. Contains a bit of a pro-vegetarian message as well.
  • Bears Are Bad News: We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
  • Attackof The 50 Foot Whatever: "The Bakerloo Flea" features, as the name implies, a flea the size of a Great Dane lurking in the Bakerloo subway tunnel.
  • Black Comedy: "Strict" is about a teacher depriving her students of air (which results in most of them dying) and sending the survivors to a prison underneath the school for minor offences such as slamming down their desk lids while catching air. This results in the class being reduced from 48 students to five within the space of a week, all of which is Played for Laughs.
  • Boastful Rap: "The Michael Rosen Rap" presents Michael bragging about all the amazing things he's done such as swimming the English Channel, becoming Prime Minister, robbing a bank, and closing all the schools in England. Before the age of 10.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Used in "The Outing".
    Michael: Mervyn! If I hear about your jam, your sandwiches, or the jam in your sandwiches, if I hear about any of it once more, I shall give them to the ducks!
  • Brainy Baby: According to "Michael Rosen Rap", Michael could walk and talk while still in the womb, was elected Prime Minister at age 8, and made King of the Fools at age 10.
  • Call-Back: Not really any of his stories reference each other unless they are in parts, but in "The Deal" it was mentioned of Michael's dad still complaining about the top of the toothpaste put on his shaving soap, which, by the uploading order, was first brought up on "Michael's Big Book of Bad Things Part 4".
  • Captain Obvious: Michael's father in "Hot Food". Everyone blows on their hot potatoes before eating them except for him, who puts the whole thing in his mouth and spits it out, saying "Watch out, everybody! The potato is really hot!".
  • Deteriorates Into Gibberish: In "Chocolate Cake", Michael gets so excited at the prospect of eating the titular food that his speech dissolves into complete nonsense.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: The Skyfoogle is set up as a standard monster. However, it is heavily implied by the way Michael lingers on the fact that he (and by extension, the audience) never saw the salesman again that the Skyfoogle never existed and the salesman was actually a conman.
  • Episode Title Card: Done with almost every single one of Michael's YT videos. The videos usually fade in from black with Michael announcing the title of the poem.
  • Evil Teacher: The teacher in "Strict", who refuses to let students breathe in her lessons.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In "The Bakerloo Flea", the flea powder ends up killing all the rats in the Bakerloo tunnel instead of the flea itself. Deprived of it's food source, the flea starves and turns aggressive, escalating the danger.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • It's never stated what happened to the teacher in "Strict" after she deprived students of air and sent survivors of her class to a dungeon for minor offenses.
    • Michael's mom never gets her comeuppance for depriving Michael of dessert and being a bitch about forcing him to eat something he doesn't like in "Tomato One".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: It's never outright stated what happened to the tanker truck driver in "A Plague of Wasps in Winter" who got covered in golden syrup. The heavy implication, given how much wasps love sugar, is that the swarm ate most of him.
  • Parody Commercial: "Toenails" is one for, well, toenails.
    Michael (announcer voice): Be like Jack! Be smart! Grow toenails!
  • Picky Eater: Played with in "Tomato One" and "Tomato Two". In the former, he recalls sulking as a kid when being asked to eat a tomato, as he hates their taste and texture, which results in him not getting dessert. In the second, he points out that he grew to love them by eating them on bread with some black pepper.
  • Potty Emergency: In "London Airport", Michael has one centered around having to "wee" when he and his brother Brian are on the bus at the titular airport.
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Orange Juice", after noticing that he had gotten no orange juice from the milkman, he says "Damn, the milkman's forgotten to deliver the orange!" Granted, "damn" is about as offensive in Britain as "crap" is in America.
  • Rule of Three: Many of his poems have an element that occurs three times, such as the "'til it's cool, just cool, then into the mouth... *click* Nice." in "Hot Food", or the jug of peach syrup in "Fridge" which has been replaced with a jug of thick cooking oil on the third time.
  • Sadist Teacher: Played for Laughs in "Strict". The teacher described in this story is apparently so strict that she forbids students from breathing in her class. Those who didn't keel over and die from not breathing were sent to "school prison" if they slammed the desk lid while snatching a quick breath under the desk, where they'd be strung up in a dungeon with rats nibbling at their toes.
    "Miss? Can I go out and do some breathing?"
    "No! You've got all playtime to do that!"
  • Serial Escalation: Very apparent in the stories "Washing Up" and "Chocolate Cake", of which the former features a full-on kitchen war between Michael and his brother Brian, and the latter featuring Michael eating more chocolate cake with every bite, culminating in Michael getting a knife and cutting up the entire rest and eating it.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "The Skyfoogle". A man puts up a tent, promising to show off a terrfying creature called the Skyfoogle. He then runs out of the tent, claiming the Skyfoogle to have escaped. None of them has seen the man, their money, or the Skyfoogle again.
  • The Remake: Michael filmed another performance of "Hot Food" in 2011.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly the title of "Tomato Two, or How I Learned to Love Tomatoes" (which gets interesting when you realize Michael is British.)
  • Wicked Wasps: Somewhat subverted in "A Plague of Wasps in Winter". The wasps are sluggish in the cold weather and sting on reflex instead of actively attacking people. Not in the case of the unfortunate tanker truck driver, though.


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In his poem "Strict", Michael Rosen tells a story of his experience with a teacher who didn't let her students breathe in her classes.

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