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Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys

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Publisher Comments:

The wind and I play

tug-of-war with my new kite.

The wind is winning.

When you’re a guy, nature is one big playground—no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to swordfight with in the winter.

     Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuff—like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school.

So what kind of poetry best captures these special moments, at a length that lets guys get right back to tree-climbing and kite-flying? Why, guyku, of course!

Review:

"In creating this nostalgic collection of haiku, Raczka (Summer Wonders) cites the form's brevity and its emphasis on nature and the present as reasons why it's 'a wonderful form of poetry for guys like us.' Categorized (as haiku traditionally are) by season and progressing through the year, his 'guyku' poems celebrate the mud of spring, the campfires of summer ('With the ember end/ of my long marshmallow stick,/ I draw on the dark'), the transformation of fall, and the joys of winter, with plenty of giggling thrown in--'Penny on the rail,/ You used to look like Lincoln/ before you got smooshed.' Reynolds (The Dot) provides an expressively drawn vignette for each haiku in muted tones of mossy green, sepia, and watery blue. This is childhood as adults remember it, or want to remember it: no flat-screen TVs, no computers, no cars or cellphones. Whether children will recognize their own lives in these wistful visions is not clear, but they will certainly appreciate Raczka's humor: 'If this puddle could/ talk, I think it would tell me/ to splash my sister.' Ages 3 — 7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (bigand small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons. Full color.

About the Author

 
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times be

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547240039
Author:
Raczka, Bob
Publisher:
Harcourt Brace and Company
Illustrator:
Reynolds, Peter
Author:
Reynolds, Peter H.
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - General
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color illustrations
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
7.5 x 8 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
04-05

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Product details 48 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780547240039 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In creating this nostalgic collection of haiku, Raczka (Summer Wonders) cites the form's brevity and its emphasis on nature and the present as reasons why it's 'a wonderful form of poetry for guys like us.' Categorized (as haiku traditionally are) by season and progressing through the year, his 'guyku' poems celebrate the mud of spring, the campfires of summer ('With the ember end/ of my long marshmallow stick,/ I draw on the dark'), the transformation of fall, and the joys of winter, with plenty of giggling thrown in--'Penny on the rail,/ You used to look like Lincoln/ before you got smooshed.' Reynolds (The Dot) provides an expressively drawn vignette for each haiku in muted tones of mossy green, sepia, and watery blue. This is childhood as adults remember it, or want to remember it: no flat-screen TVs, no computers, no cars or cellphones. Whether children will recognize their own lives in these wistful visions is not clear, but they will certainly appreciate Raczka's humor: 'If this puddle could/ talk, I think it would tell me/ to splash my sister.' Ages 3 — 7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (bigand small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons. Full color.
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