My good buddy, Bruce the Bookshelf Gargoyle posed a reading challenge at the beginning of this year. He calls it the Small Fry Safari KidLit Readers Challenge. You can find out more about it HERE on his blog. There are eight categories to this challenge. I have only completed THREE of these quests! So I need to get on the ball! (I would love to do that, if I could only find it!!)
So, without further ado, I present to you a most fabulous book that I would like to serve up for category #8. A book with some form of wordplay in the title.
A Poke in the I
a collection of concrete poems
selected by Paul B. Janeczko
illustrated by Chris Raschka
published by Candlewick Press in 2005
This is a book that we found at my favorite shopping spot – Half-Price Books. And the book is signed by the “selector” Mr Janeczko!!!! Can you imagine giving up a fine book that has been signed by the author!!! Crazy! It is signed “To Jack and Jessie – Keep reading. Paul B Janeczko.” At least I think that is what it says. His writing is a little hard to decipher. Poor Jack and Jessie. I wonder if they themselves gave up this book or if they know what became of it. I wonder about these kinds of things.
But on to the book!! A book of concrete poems!!! I find these types of poems most fascinating!! I have written about other concrete poem books HERE and HERE. This book is particularly fine because it is illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators, Mr Raschka. His quirky style is well suited for these types of poems. Concrete poems are “a selection of words arranged into a particular shape.” They are “visual poetry.” Hence the title of this book – A Poke in the I!
The book contains a feast of 30 concrete poems from a number of clever poets. The book begins with a note from the editor that explains what a concrete poem is. At the end of the book there is a section that tells where all the poems came from originally and some little bits about Mr Janeczko and Mr Raschka.
This is a most fabulously unique experience of a book and I’ll stick all four feet in the air for a waving High Sixteen!! Go check it out!
You can visit Mr Janeczko’s website HERE.
Mr Raschka on illustrating Rhythmic books –
And Mr Janeczko with A Poke In the I
Now you may go forth and create!
But don’t poke yourself in the I!!
Your library friend
I wasn’t familiar with concrete poems. And, I enjoyed watching the video of the child reading Janeczko’s book! Very unique and I like it!
Oh! Ms Tilton! You must find some concrete poems to read! They are really fun!
great review – concrete poetry is so fun… and has nothing to do with concrete. Unless you’re actually writing about (or on) concrete.
Yes, Ms Heavenrich — I wonder where that concrete term came from?
Good choice! I recently came across this book too but I can’t remembers he blog that featured it….hmmm, why would you give up a signed copy?! Bizarre. Oh well, now you have a signed copy so Jack and Jess’s loss is your gain 🙂
Bizarre indeed. Some folks just have no sense of what’s important!
So much fun. Mom used to write poems like that with the kids in her class. They called them shape-poems. Good choice, R. Was there one shaped like a dog?
Love and licks,
My Mom Person has done the same thing with kids!!! Such fun. I have had some concrete poems created in my image! But alas, no dog ones in this book. There is a CAT chair though! Hmmm.
I too love Rashka’s art. Great video and unique collection.
Mr Rashka has a rather unique style. Kind of messy fun. Great for a concrete poem!
You look quite dapper in that dashing hat, Rhythm 😀 And I must say, giving up a signed book would be a VERY difficult thing for me to do!
Right!? What gives with that?!
This sound amazing! 😀 I love the video! 😀
I think you would really like this one Erik! It is pretty awesome!
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Dear Rhythm, you look smashing! ❤ 🙂 Great review, my friend.
Thanks Ms Dina!! 🙂