The Resource Guyku : a year of haiku for boys, written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter Reynolds

Guyku : a year of haiku for boys, written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter Reynolds

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Guyku : a year of haiku for boys
Title
Guyku
Title remainder
a year of haiku for boys
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written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter Reynolds
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Language
eng
Summary
Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (big and small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • Claudia Lewis Award, 2011.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2011
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 3 — Haiku seems like a terrific way to introduce boys to poetry; it's deceptive in its simplicity and accessible to almost any reader. The poems in this picture-book collection capture natural moments that boys, and many girls, have while playing outdoors. Each season is addressed, and moments like riding bikes in the spring with baseball cards attached to the wheels to mimic the sound of a motorcycle almost define spring. In summer, Reynolds's illustration shows a mischievous boy with an obvious dilemma. "Pine tree invites me/to climb up to the sky./How can I refuse?" The artwork and the text dovetail beautifully and help set the inquisitive and playful intent of the poems. Fall finds two boys smacking cattails against a park bench and creating a snowstorm of airborne seeds. In winter, it's boys doing what they do best—throwing snowballs and sword fighting with icicles. 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.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA --Joan Kindig (Reviewed September 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 9, p139)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed September 20, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 37, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
386930
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Raczka, Bob
Dewey number
811.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Reynolds, Peter H.
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Seasons
  • Boys
Target audience
juvenile
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a year of haiku for boys
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Guyku : a year of haiku for boys, written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter Reynolds
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rdacarrier.
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Dimensions
19 x 21 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781328869302
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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illustrations
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regular print
Label
Guyku : a year of haiku for boys, written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter Reynolds
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
19 x 21 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781328869302
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print

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