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Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boysby Bob Raczka
Synopses & Reviews
The wind and I play
tug-of-war with my new kite.
The wind is winning.
When youandrsquo;re a guy, nature is one big playgroundandmdash;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.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuffandmdash;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!
"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)
Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (bigand small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons. Full color.
Half the fun is figuring out how to read this fresh collection of up and down poems for young readers! Engaging and innovative, A Meal of the Stars shows how we live in a swaying, crashing, rising, fallingand#8212;but utterly magicaland#8212;world.
Engaging and innovative, A Meal of the Stars shows how we live in a swaying, crashing, rising, fallingand#8211;but utterly magicaland#8211;world. With art merry and spirited, this distinctive collection of up and down poems reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary, resulting in a book young readers wonand#8217;t want to put down!
About the Author
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times be
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