Guyku

A Year of Haiku for Boys

by Bob Raczka

On Sale: 10/04/2010

Guyku

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Guyku

A Year of Haiku for Boys

by Bob Raczka

illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

On Sale: 10/04/2010

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Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award

ALA Notable Children’s Book

About the Book

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!

Critical Praise

* "This wonderful collection will resonate with all children as they recognize their earnest and sometimes misdirected antics in each poem. The pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations mirror the simplicity of each entry and capture the expressions of the boys and their adventures honestly. This is haiku at its most fun. All libraries should grab it for their collections."  —School Library Journal, starred review "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." Publishers Weekly  "Non-rhyming poetry can be a tough sell for kids. For some, though, haiku is less intimidating, thanks to its brevity and reliance on rigid rules—and intimidating is one thing this book is not." Booklist "Raczka and Reynolds are a winning team, and the results will start many boy (and girl) readers thinking about turning their own experience into a seventeen-syllable poem." The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780547240039
  • ISBN 10: 0547240031
  • Imprint: Clarion Books
  • On Sale: 10/04/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 7
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General (see also headings under Animals)
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • BISAC6 : JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons

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